Shawn Travis Eberhard was born at Rapid City Regional Hospital on September 30th, 1973 to Larry Eberhard and Janice “Hunt” Eberhard. What a happy day, he joined his sister Nikki Eberhard Teppo who he loved so much.
Shawn attended school at Cheyenne Eagle Butte and graduated in May of 1992. He has already enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was leaving home to begin a new life and create his own path and adventures (I’m sure he had many). After boot camp he was sent to Aberdeen Maryland where he went to school for become a machinist. He was then stationed at 29 Palms and later stationed at Okinawa for a year. He was married to this union his daughter Alexa Jade was born, she was the apple of his, his little girl.
Shawn then returned state side and was stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA. He made Sergeant in under three years. He met Robin Fornell and to this union he had a son. Jacob Travis was his pride and joy. He loved his children and was a good father to them, he strived in giving them what they wanted and followed there sports wherever it took them.
Shawn put 8 years in the Marine Corps and was proud to be called a “Devil Dog), once a marine always a marine. After eight years, he chose not to re-enlist and returned home. He moved to Bell Fourche and was employed by his brother-in-law, Blayne Teppo, whom he loved and respected at Concrete and Construction. He later moved back to Eagle Butte and was employed by The City of Eagle Butte where he worked for 6 years and dearly loved his boss, Jon Ganje. He wanted to be closer to his kids so he then moved back to Belle Fourche where he worked for RING Container Technologies, where the manufactured plastic bottles and other items for six years. He then started his job at Spearfish Regional Health Hospital with maintenance.
Shawn made many friends easily and had a great sense of humor, always playing jokes on his co-workers and kids.
Shawn’s health became an issue where he had congestinal heart failure and other heart complications. While struggling with his health issues he never lost his sense of humor or that great smile. His kids were his life as well as his family. His Grandma called him Shawnie Baby. He had a big heart and loved his sister Nikki and her family.
Rest in Peace Dad, you will be forever missed and in our hearts. The many memories we shared will be cherished and never forgotten. When you left us, you took a big piece of Jake and I with you.
Love you, Dad and we will meet again.
Alexa & Jake
Shawn is survived by his parent Larry Eberhard and Janice “Hunt” Eberhard. His daughter Alexa (Mike Neel) of Belle Fourch, SD, a son Jake Eberhard of Belle Fourche, sister Nicole (Blayne) Teppo. A neice Kaycee Teppo and nephews Tyler “Katrina” Teppo, Trevor “Stephanie” Teppo and a great nephew Odin and many aunts and uncles.
Shawn was preceded in death by his grandparents Jack and Jenni Hunt, Grandma Lois Bachman, Grandpa Rodney Eberhard and his favorite Uncle Rick Eberhard. Aunt Lorraine “Beanie” Rabern. Great grandma and grandpa Simon, great grandma and grandpa Eberhard and grant grandmother Mary Dupree Rivers.
Honorary Pall Bearers Brett and Karen Johnson, Oahe Barber, Chad Adock, Galen Eberhard, Tyler, Kaycee & Trevor Teppo, Steve Payne (Godfather), Susie Payne (Fairy Godmother), Ron & Nita Pearman, Hoss Pearman, JJ Breidenbach, Nicky White Eyes, Cora Mae Haskell & family, Garret Hunt, Mendi Ganje, Dean Remer, Russell Payne, Mary Ducheneaux, Rikki Rae and Kirk Fast Horse, Turner Campbell, Blayne Teppo, Mike Neel, Janice and Bob Mandan, Aunt Susan Eberhard, Kathy and Vernie Martin, Vernie Louis Martin, Julie Ganje family, Cheyenne Eagle Butte Class of 1992, all of this aunts and uncles, and all other family and friends as well as his Marine Corps brothers and sisters.