stands with Natalie Raymond and Joshua Bittorf, who were winners
in Ebert's Greenhouse Village's Earth Day writing contest in
IXONIA - Even though his life was cut
short by a sudden illness, Ron Ebert touched many lives
through his willingness to share his faith and by the
beautiful flowers he grew and sold.
“The biggest thing that I want to make known is
his faith,” said his younger brother Mark Ebert. “He was a great
leader at Ebert’s with his faith and devotion to God. He was
always sharing God’s word to everybody. He made an incredible
impact - I can’t tell you how many people.”
It was while he was in college that Ron’s father,
Milton, asked him if he would like to help run a vegetable farm.
He said yes and took on the role part-time. Started in about
1976 or 1977, the business was known as Ebert’s Farm Produce and
Greenhouse, W1795 Fox Road in Ixonia. The family grew a lot of
produce staples such as sweet corn, peppers and onions. During
those years, Milton decided to grow some flowers, such as
marigolds and petunias, as a side business.
Mark Ebert said he admired Ron, who was nine
years older than he, while growing up and wanted to follow in
“We were tied at the hips since I was about 9
years old,” he said.
After attending college and getting a degree in
marketing, Mark said, he thought about getting a sales job until
he met his future wife, Renee, and his father asked him if he’d
like to buy out his share of the greenhouse business.
In 1990, Mark joined Ron and the brothers decided
to change the business’s name to Ebert’s Greenhouse Village to
reflect the village-like atmosphere they wanted to create.
“‘I’ll grow it and you sell it’: those were the
famous words,” Mark said, quoting Ron.
The brothers continued to grow the business and
hire great employees, Mark said. Now Ebert’s employs six
full-time people year round and about 20 full-time seasonal
“It’s been 25 years since we were in business
together with the Village Greenhouse part. It has been pretty
magical. We never fought,” Mark Ebert said.
The brothers also took trips together to trade
shows and other greenhouses, as well as family vacations. They
were about to head to Minnesota for a work-related trip when Ron
said he felt chills and flu-like symptoms. Within a couple of
days he died at age 57. Mark said they are awaiting final
results of the cause.
Mark Ebert said Ebert’s Village Greenhouse
Village will continue as normal.
“We were excited to share the vision of the
future,” he said. “We are just going to go on exactly the same
way. He shared his vision with me and we shared our vision
Ron’s other interests included watching sports,
jogging and being active in his church, St. Paul’s Lutheran
Church in Ixonia, where he was an elder, an usher and served on
He is survived by his mother, Jane Ebert;
sisters, Diane (Dennis) O’Brien, Linda (Dave) Mickelson;
brothers, Alan and Mark (Renee) Ebert.
Funeral services were held Tuesday.