William E. Eberhardt, 84

William Edwin Eberhardt, 84, of Hammond, La., passed away Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans.

He was born on Nov. 26, 1927, in West Bend, and later graduated from Ann Arbor, Mich. He served in the U.S. Army, including two years in Germany after World War II and he was a member of the First Regimental Army Band.

Mr. Eberhardt was a forester for 35 years. He planted many trees and helped fight many forest fires, including jumping out of airplanes to fight fires in remote areas. He also worked as a Realtor for 18 years. He was an Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster. Mr. Eberhardt was an active volunteer including; North Oaks Hospital, Westside and Eastside Elementary Schools, C.A.S.A., a board member for the Youth Service Bureau, the American Legion, and more than 50 years with the United Methodist Church. Bill had a love for the outdoors and regularly enjoyed tennis and fishing.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia Sticker Eberhardt; son and daughterin-law, Gary and Kim Eberhardt; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Chris Cerniauskas; grandchildren, Michael and Christopher Cerniauskas, Mallory Sprehe, and Garrett Johnson; step-son and daughter in-law, Jeff and April Holmes; step-grandchildren, Schoen and Jessica Holmes.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Alma Gerner Eberhardt.

Family and friends celebrated Williamís life on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 from 2-3 p.m. at the First United Methodist
 
Church in Ponchatoula. A memorial service was held beginning at 3 p.m. Donations may be made to the New Horizons Youth Service Bureau, 47257 River Road, Hammond, LA 70401 or the American Cancer Society.