Ernest Paul Bebeau, 76, of Townsite Township, Ball Club, MN passed away peacefully at his home on February 21st, 2022. He was the husband of Mary “Cookie” (Fairbanks) Bebeau. They shared 51 years of marriage together.
He was the son of Joseph and Tina (Martin) Bebeau. Growing up he was known by the name Drag. Ernest attended Ball Club School and later graduated from Deer River School. At the age of 19 he enlisted into the Navy and served during the Vietnam War. He was a store keeper and shore patrol on the USS Marion. His rank was Petty Officer Second Class. After his years in the service he went to Georgia to work for Fire Stone. 2 years later he returned home to Ball Club, This is where he met the love of his life Mary Frances on April 1st, 1970 and united in marriage on November 14th. He soon went on to Fargo, ND to complete Auto Body school. He worked at Maki’s Auto Body and eventually became an IronWorker. Ernie decided to attend Bible School in MoBridge, SD. On his return to Ball Club he was involved in the creation of the Assembly of God Church. Before retiring he held many different jobs that included helping people. Such as Mental Health Counselor, Auto Body Teacher and Elementary Counselor at BugONayGeShig School, YCDPP Youth Counselor and a Domestic Violence mediator.
Together, Ernie and Mary created 4 Children which was the beginning of the big family we have today. Paula, Duane “Skudder'', Brandon and Abigail. Ernie took pride in his Children, GrandChildren and Great GrandChildren. Dad and Gramps were his favorite titles. One thing his GrandChildren will hold close is the nicknames their Gramp’s gave them. Some to name: TBear, Will beaver, Nanners, Nina Bena, Miss T, Nutshel, and Beebs He always made sure his Family had what they needed. He showed us how to be a hard worker and to work for what we have. He was so very proud of his children and grandchildren and all their accomplishments. We always knew we could call on Gramps for anything. As the years passed, gifts for Gramps got harder… he had a bedroom, house, garage, sheds and yard full of everything he could need. That's when we realized time was the best gift. In his free time he enjoyed going to the casino, listening to the scanner, checking the DVDs at Walmart and spending time with his family. Thank you Gramps for the time, conversations, support and lessons learned.
Survived by: Wife, Mary. Brothers, Steve & Joe Bebeau. Children, Del Best, Ernest Paul, Paula, Duane (Robbie), Brandon & Abigail Bebeau. Grand Children, Tim, Jared, Nikki, Nina, Nashel (Brendan), Natalie, Will, Cody, Brett, Teona, Christian, Jimmy, Josh & Nicole. Great Grand Children, Audrina, Easton, Addisan, Tronathan, Bubby, NaShae, Taylor, Quinton, Izaiah, Landon, Bailey, Aubree and Josh Jr.
Preceded by: His parents, Joseph & Tina (Martin) Bebeau, Brothers George, Francis “Poncho”, Duane & Anthony Bebeau, Edmund & Joseph Whitebird. Sisters, Delores Jenkins, Alice Penny, Edith Warner & Betty Oothoudt.
Wake: Thursday February 24th, 2022 after 4:00 pm Service 7pm Ojibwe Hymn Singers 7:30pm
Funeral: Friday February 25th, 2022 Service 11:00am
Drum group: Nut Hill
Place of burial: Townsite Cemetery
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