Andrew Henry Eben(September 1, 1924 - March 11, 2014)
Funeral services for Andrew Eben will be held Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Avon, South Dakota, with burial in the First Baptist Cemetery, rural Avon. Visitation will be Friday, March 14, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the church with the family present. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home of Avon is in charge of the arrangements. He died on March 11, 2014, at St. Micahel’s Hospital in Tyndall.
Andrew Henry Eben was born Andreas Hinrich Iben on September 1, 1924, in Greetziel, Ostfriesland, Germany to Andrew J. Eben and Alice (Winter) Eben. The next year they immigrated to the United States to George, Iowa. After working on neighborhood farms several years, his parents started their farming operation in the George-Little Rock area. Andy completed his eight grade elementary education at Little Rock, Iowa. He then worked on his parents’ and neighbors’ farms.
Upon confession of faith in Jesus Christ, he was baptized and joined the First Baptist Church of George, Iowa.
Andy married Irene Voigt on February 15, 1946, in the First Baptist Church in Tyndall, South Dakota. After Andy served in the U. S. Army Air Corp, they farmed for several years in Iowa. In 1950 they moved to a farm near Avon, South Dakota. They transferred their membership to the First Baptist Church of Avon. He served his church faithfully as deacon, Sunday School teacher, youth leader, treasurer, and assistant church chairman.
In 1957 Andy was naturalized and became a U. S. citizen. Andy and Irene joined the Gideons International in 1972 and became members of the Yankton Gideon Camp where they held various camp offices. Andy held several offices in the S. D. State Gideon Cabinet including State President. One of the highlights of his life was distributing Bibles to school children in India.
Andy was a salesman for Pioneer Hi-bred Seed Company for 43 years. He sold John Deere farm equipment for Hento Brothers Implement of Avon. Later he sold for Tri County Tractor Sales of Yankton and then for Baggs and Tamisea, of Yankton. He retired in 1987. He died on March 11, 2014, at St. Micahel’s Hospital in Tyndall.
Andy is survived by his wife Irene, and their eight children: Tony (Kay) of Tyndall; Karen (Charles) Rabe of Plainville, Illinois; Sandra (Gary) DeGroot of Springfield; Ken (Marlis) of Avon; Rosalie (Glenn) Schack of Owatonna, Minnesota; Bob (Shirley) of Rapid City; Jim (Myrna) of Ada, Michigan; and Roxie (Mark) Pier of Crofton, Nebraska. Andy had 31 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Henry, John, and Harold, of George, Iowa; sisters Annie Larson of Mission, Texas, and Mary Burnett of Rapid City.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his son John, brothers Martin and George, and his sister Tillie Webber.
Memorials may be directed to Gideons International.