March 13, 1926 – Aug. 22, 2016
Warren J. Eberhardt of Amherst, a retired corporate treasurer and a decorated World War II veteran, died Monday in Beechwood Homes, Getzville, from congestive heart failure. He was 90.
Born in West Seneca, he was ready to go to college after he graduated in a class of 25 students from Ebenezer High School in 1944, but was drafted into the Army instead.
A combat infantryman with the rank of private first class, his outstanding agility earned him assignment as the lead scout for his platoon, searching for Germans. He told Buffalo News Reporter Lou Michel in 2014 that a group of enemy soldiers surrendered to him when they saw his last name on his uniform because they thought he also was German.
“But I was German from Buffalo, N.Y.,” he said.
Severely wounded a month before the war ended when an artillery round hit his foxhole, he was awarded the Purple Heart.
Returning from service, Mr. Eberhardt attended the University of Buffalo on the G.I. Bill and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2½ years. He worked as an accountant and in 1957 joined Harper International Corp. in Lancaster, a maker of industrial furnaces, where he became treasurer and a member of the board of directors. He retired in 1991.
He was a past commander and treasurer of the A. J. Jurek Post 1672, American Legion, in Swormville; past president and treasurer of the United Church of Christ in Williamsville; and past president and past program chairman of the Equality Club.
He was a member of the Erie County Industrial Forum and the YMCA Retired Professional Men’s Organization. He also was a volunteer for Amherst Meals on Wheels.
He enjoyed biking, kayaking and skiing, was an avid bridge player and traveled extensively in the U.S. and Europe.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Gale Gregg; two daughters, Ellen Morse and Linda Jennings; a sister, Lois Kinner; and five grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main St., West Seneca.