Donald “Merlin” Richard Ebert, 65 of Choteau, passed away September 16th, peacefully, surrounded by loved ones at Benefis Peace Hospice in Great Falls. He succumbed to side effects of a brief illness.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home and a Celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 2:00pm at Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home chapel with reception following at the Antler Bar.
Don was born June 29, 1956 in Houston, Texas to Marjory Johns. At seven years old Don was adopted by his parents Charles and Mollie (Blatt) Ebert. Don spent his childhood in Anaconda, Montana where he attended elementary school and junior high. The family later moved to Chinook, Montana where he attended high school. He was a well-rounded child and even sang in the Treasure State Boys Choir. Don left school and enlisted in the US Army. He attended basic training at Fort Ord in California and radio teletype school at Fort Gordon in Georgia. After training he completed a tour in Vietnam. Once he returned home, Don spent a portion of time traveling around the US before eventually moving to Kalispell, MT. He later moved his family to Great Falls and attended Trade school to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
Don met the love of his life and best friend Seleucia Amber “Ambie” Grady in Kalispell in 1993. They had 4 children: Dahn, Joshua, Charles, and Rhaenbow. In 1999 the family moved to Choteau where Don found his forever home. On October 6, 2012 Don and Ambie were married at the court house in Choteau. Don got a job working at the Log Cabin Café and continued to work there for the rest of the years he lived in Choteau. His official job title was dishwasher/maintenance, but he was truly the heartbeat of the restaurant completing all tasks associated with the restaurant at one point or another. Don was very hardworking and a man of many trades.
Don never met a person he didn’t call a friend. He was always the first person to offer to help a friend in need and never wanted a thing in return. Don enjoyed carving antler jewelry/knives, playing guitar, singing, making music, playing video games, fixing his vehicles, and fishing. Most of all Don loved spending time with his friends and family.
Don is survived by his wife Seleucia Amber “Ambie” Grady Ebert of Choteau; daughters Dahn Ebert (Tyler) of Missoula; Rhaenbow Ebert (Blaine) of Choteau; son Joshua Ebert; sister Donette Frolin of Lyle, Washington; sister Mary Cameron of the Seattle area; brother Anthony John of Port Angeles, Washington; and brother Paul Roath of the Chicago area; grandchildren Torin Stephens and Sage Winters as well as numerous extended family and many friends.
Don was preceded in death by his son Charles Eugene Ebert, parents Charles and Mollie Ebert, his biological mother Marjory Johns and sisters Midgie McGee and Barbara Ebert.
In Lieu of flowers donations in Don’s named may be made to his funeral at Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home directly or directly to the GoFundMe account (Celebration of Life for Don “Merlin” Ebert) at https://www.gofundme.com/f/celebration-of-life-for-don-merlin-ebert?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet
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