September 26, 2017

Remembering Bob Eberhard

From Eberhard's Dairy:

Bob Eberhard
Mark (left) and Bob Eberhard with awards from the Redmond Chamber of Commerce. Eberhard’s won the Redmond Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award for 2014. Bob Eberhard is a past recipient of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award. Eberhard’s has been in business in Redmond since 1951. Gary Newman / Spokesman file photo
Robert Lee Eberhard
May 6, 1935-September 26, 2017September 26, 2017

Robert L. Eberhard (Bob), the familiar face and voice of Eberhard's Dairy
Products in Central Oregon, died at age 82, Sept. 26  at
his home in Redmond, ending his fight with cancer.

Bob Eberhard was born May 6, 1935 in Prineville, Oregon to John and Nelda
Eberhard. In 1953, Bob graduated from Redmond Union High School.  He
attended Central Oregon Community College before transferring to Oregon
State University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in business
with a technical minor in dairy products.  Bob was a member of Delta Tau
Delta Fraternity.

Bob met his wife Kaye at OSU and they were married on July 3, 1958, for 57
years until Kaye passed away on March 25, 2016.  They had two children:
Theodore Lee, who died in April 2011 from ALS, and Holly Lynn
Eberhard-Maloney, who survives.  Also surviving are grandson James David
(JD) Maloney, Jr., and two step grandchildren: Connor Flanagan and McKenzie
Flanagan.

After graduating from OSU, Bob went to work for Del Monte in San Francisco
and then Seattle. In 1962 Bob went to work for Dictaphone Corporation in
Seattle.  Bob and Kaye adopted their first child Theodore Lee and in August
of 1964, Bob, Kaye and Ted moved to Redmond to join the family business with
his father John Eberhard.  In 1965, the Eberhard family grew with the
adoption of their second child, Holly Lynn.

During that time Bob, joined with his two brothers, Jack and Richard,
working together with their father and other family members, expanded the
family business into what it is today. Currently Eberhard's Dairy Products
is a full service dairy operation, located in Redmond, Oregon, employing
over 50 people, with distribution throughout state of Oregon.  It is
currently operated by third generation family member, Mark Eberhard, Bob's
nephew.

Bob has created a lasting impact and legacy in Redmond, Central Oregon, and
State wide with his community service as a member and chairman of the boards
of St. Charles Health System, and Central Oregon Community College. In
addition, he served as a board member and president of the Redmond Chamber
of Commerce and of the Redmond Executives Association, and the boards of
High Desert Museum, Redmond Development Commission, OSU Alumni Association,
and the Beaver Club.  Bob was an avid Beaver supporter, rarely missing the
Beavers' home games. Bob was a member of the Redmond Presbyterian Church.

In the business world, Bob served on the board of the Oregon Dairy Products
Commission, as a board member and Chairman of the Board of National Quality
Check'd Dairy Products Association.  In addition, Bob served on the board of
directors of a number of other businesses in which he owned an interest.

Bob is also survived by his brother Richard Eberhard, sister Mary Louise
Barnes, and many nephews and nieces.

Service information forthcoming, with Redmond Memorial Chapel, presiding
over arrangements

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A true gentleman who loved Central Oregon.