Vernon S. “Chub” Ebnet - UPDATED

Vernon S. “Chub” Ebnet, died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, April 30, 2024.  Chub was born on January 27, 1922, in Albany, MN, to Michael and Mayme (Griedel) Ebnet.  He graduated from Albany High School, received his Bachelor of Science Degree from St. John’s University, and his Masters from Missouri University.  Chub started his teaching career at the Prep School at St. John’s.  In his young years, his dad, he and his brothers formed an “all-Ebnet baseball team.  After college he played with the Northern League.  Because of his talent as a baseball player, he was offered a job teaching and coaching at New Prague, where he served as head football coach and played for the New Prague Robins. He continued his career at Irondale High School, where he served as head coach for girls’ tennis, retired from there, and returned to New Prague. His entire life was devoted to sports of all kinds. He taught all sports – tennis, hockey, football, baseball, to name a few – and became a mentor to countless young men and women, many of whom returned to honor him. He was named to the New Prague High School Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Coach from 1955-1968.

During his college years, he worked one summer at the Hastings Lock and Dam and met a young woman at a picnic, who captured his heart.  He married Phyllis Stevens on October 3, 1943, in Hastings. When Chub entered the US Navy, he was trained as a pilot and went on to train other pilots as bombardiers.  He would fly his plane low and over Phyllis, then wiggle his wings to say “hi”!  His entire life was devoted to family and sports and his active life-style was a source of inspiration to all who knew him. He enjoyed hunting and fishing well into his 90’s.  He was an avid reader of all genres until failing eyesight made that difficult. He was playing cards with his family the night before he died!  He lived independently and well!

Chub is survived by his daughters, Mary Carol (Roman) Dorzinski of New Prague and Barbara (Mike) Rothwell of St. Louis, MO; daughter-in-law, Kathleen Ebnet of New Prague; grandchildren, Noelle (Tom) Kalina, Eric Dorzinski, Brent (Amy) Dorzinski, Kristen (Orval) Shelton, Chad (Carrie) Pikal, Michael Ebnet; 14 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, on September 17, 2005; son, Richard on February 21, 2023; grandson, Danny Ebnet.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, June 8, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at Bruzek Funeral Home with Father Kevin Clinton officiating. Visitation will take place from 9-11 a.m. Military honors will be conducted by the New Prague Area Veterans Honor Guard at Bruzek's after the service and lunch will follow at the Legion Clubroom.



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