Donald Raymond Ebner passed away Dec. 21, 2013, at Methodist Hospital in Houston.
He was born March 2, 1928, in Jeannette, Pa.
After graduating from high school he joined the Navy and was stationed in Guam. He attended West Virginia University and graduated with a Business Administration degree. He joined Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. after graduation as a member of the Squad. It was there that he met his wife Davina. They were married in 1954 and moved with their daughter to Cumberland, Md., where he was employed by Kelly-Springfield, a subsidiary of Goodyear. He was then transferred to Tyler where he became the personnel manager of the new Kelly-Springfield plant when it opened.
While in Tyler, he was active in many community affairs, such as the United Fund Board of Directors, YMCA Campaign, Texas Manufacturing Association, E. Texas Personnel Association, Legislative Committee of the Tyler Chamber of Commerce, Rose Festival Board of Directors, Smith County Child Welfare Board, Smith County Rotary Club
, Boy Scout Executive Community Chairman, Tyler Mental Health Association Board, and The Tyler Swim and Tennis Club. He also served as a board Member of Pollard Methodist Church.
The family moved to Hudson, Ohio, where he was on special assignment for Goodyear Aerospace Corp. and he then became vice president of human resources. He was active in Cuyahoga Falls Family Service Board, the Akron Community Service Center, and the Urban League. He was on the Board of the Boy Scouts of America, Great Trail Council and on the Business Advisory Council of Kent State University College of Business Administration Graduate School of Management. He then became Director of Human Resources and in 1987 was named VP of Human Resources for Loral Systems Group responsible for Human Resources and their development, Labor Negotiations, training, employee benefits, Industrial Hygiene and Safety, Organizational Development and Employee Communications Resources. During Labor Negotiations he was honored to be one of the few men admired both by management and labor for his fairness in negotiations. He became an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. After retiring he organized his own consulting firm which he enjoyed for seven years. He and his family returned to Tyler to retire and be close to their daughter who is a psychologist in Houston. He was married for 55 years to his wife, Davina, who he lost in 2009.
His older brother and sister-in-law preceded him in death.
He leaves his daughter, Deborah Ebner; nephew and nieces, Mark, Barbara, Chrissie and Bill Ebner; and close family friends, Carole and Jim Owens, and their sons and families, of Mogadore, Ohio.
Donations may be given to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation.