Allen Gale Ebling, age 57, a longtime resident of the Harbor, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 4, 2012. Allen was born on March 24, 1955, in Aberdeen to Joseph and Edna (Lane) DeLaCruz. When Allen was five years of age his father died and later his mother married Arthur Ebling who adopted Allen. Mr. Ebling was in the military so the family moved around the United States. He attended schools in Oak Harbor, Bremerton, San Diego, California and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Allen completed his education at Grays Harbor College.
In his youth, Allen was an outstanding athlete. He was active in football, softball, basketball and especially in track. While being a member of the Bremerton High School track team, he set numerous district and state records. He later had his own softball teams that competed throughout the Harbor.
He also believed in hard work. During the 1970’s he co-owned and operated Moonlight Shake Mill in Taholah. At the same time he worked as a commercial fisherman aboard his vessel, the Orca. He also worked as a commercial clam digger. In later years, he loved to sell fireworks in his family stand in Taholah. He also enjoyed playing chess and cribbage.
Mr. Ebling was a man of faith and strong principles. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Hoquiam and was devoted to his family.
Surviving relatives include his children, Andrea Halstead of Aberdeen, Edna Titus, Daniel Ebling, Kalina Ebling, Timothy Ebling and Susannah Ebling all of the family home, and Matthew Ebling stationed at Andrews AFB, Maryland; siblings, Myrna Figg of Pacific Beach, James DeLaCruz of Taholah, Franklin DeLaCruz, Arlene DeLaCruz and Everelda Brooks, all of Moclips, and Edward DeLaCruz of Central Park. Besides his children, Allen’s pride and joy was his eight grandchildren, Dakota Quintero, Gabe Quintero, Madison Mail, Augi Arrequin, Cory Arrequin, Kailand Halstead, Greysen Halstead and River McConnell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph DeLaCruz; sisters, Sharon McCrory and Jacqueline Jean Capoeman; and a grandson, Isaac Quintero.
Visitation will be at the Coleman Mortuary from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 9, 2012.
A funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 10, 2012, at the First Baptist Church of Hoquiam, 729 Eklund Avenue, Hoquiam. Interment will follow at Hoquiam’s Sunset Memorial Park. The family invites everyone to a dinner after the Interment at the Taholah Community Center to celebrate the life of Allen Ebling.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the on line guest register at www.colemanmortuary.net.