JEFFERSON - Robert Joseph "Bob" Ewerling, 83, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
He was born in Chicago, Ill., in March 1930, and was the youngest of three sons of the late Fred and Mathilda Krauss Ewerling. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving as an air traffic controller in the United States Air Force from 1948 - 1952.
After the Air Force, Bob enjoyed a very successful career in sales of steel cable and worked as a southeastern sales manager for many years. He settled in Miami, Fla., and spent the next 30 years there with his wife and daughter, Judith Ann.
After a divorce, and starting a new career in real-estate sales, Bob met and married his present wife, Virginia and had another daughter, Leigh Helen. A devoted family man, Bob always made life interesting and fun. In spite of being hit hard by multiple debilitating health issues over the past couple of years, Bob continued to be optimistic about life and concerned about others. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Fred and Lee Ewerling.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Ewerling, Jefferson; daughters and son-in-law, Judith Burton, Garner, N.C., and Leigh and Garret DeWulf, Jefferson; grandchildren, Paul Decker, Jason Decker, Allie DeWulf, and Madison DeWulf; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 21, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Irby Stanley and Deacon John Burke officiating. Burial was in the Evans Memory Gardens with Paul Decker, Garret DeWulf, Jason Smith, James Smith, Bill Ewerling and Jerry Sailors honored as pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to the ASPCA at www.aspca.org/Home/Donate.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com