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Thursday April 21st, 2022
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Robert Jackson "Jack" Ewald

Robert Jackson Ewald passed away at his home in Suffolk, VA. on April 18, 2022. He was drafted into the military at the age of 18 where he became a member of the Army Company K 115th Infantry of the 29th Division, where he served at the D-Day Invasion at Omaha Beach in Normandy. He was a Staff Sergeant when captured in Percy, France, while helping a wounded comrade, and taken to a German POW Camp. He was held by the Germans for nine months, being moved to four camps, surviving unimaginable conditions and bread made from sawdust. He later escaped from POW camp and made his way over the French border and back to the states. He was honorably discharged right before Christmas of 1945.  After exploring several different paths, he took a job at C&P Telephone Company, where he worked 36 years before retiring as a supervisor. He was fond of taking day trips, cross country trips and taking his friends and family out on his boat fishing.  He relished in visiting with family and friends. He found great pleasure in his volunteer work at Sentara Obici Hospital and the family he created there. He also enjoyed his time spent at the American Legion Post 88 with fellow veterans. He was awarded The Infantry Combat Badge from a 3-star general in a special ceremony in 2010. He received his Legion of Honor Medal at a private ceremony from French President, Emmanuel Macron in 2018. He was then honored with a standing ovation at a following ceremony in Congress. He attended the 75th anniversary of D-Day Normandy in 2019 where again he was honored by both the French and U.S. President.  He was known to always tell a positive joke, captivating story, and give a great hug. He liked to keep busy and stay active. He was an American Hero, who remained humble and kind till the day he passed.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary Ewald; wife, Helen Ewald; brothers, Pat and Bill; and sister, Peggy.

He is survived by his daughter, Deborah Ewald; granddaughter, Megan Taylor and husband, Jonathan; great grandson, Waylon Taylor; sister, Gwen Swofford; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will accept visitors at R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home North Suffolk Chapel on Thursday, April 21, from 6pm- 8pm. His graveside service will be held the following day, Friday April 22, 1:00 pm at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Red Cross. Online condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com.

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A candle was lit in memory of Robert Ewald

Heather Collins Apr 21 2022 7:49 AM

To the family of Mr. Ewald; My father was honorably discharged, U. S. Army in October, 1945, so, we salute you Mr. Ewald, RIP in an earthly life well lived!

Johnnie Harrell Apr 21 2022 7:36 AM

I first got to know Jack at C&P Telephone Company, and then with my Father in Law Shorty Seibel. Shorty and Jack were friends from their school days and always poked fun at dash other.
Always at the Telephone Retired Breakfast, Jack was the first to arrive and always had a joke or two and one of the last to leave. We “Old Telco Guys and Gals” will surely miss Jack, Rest In Peace Old Friend until we meet again.

Bill & Teresa Lewin Apr 20 2022 4:48 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Ewald

Jen Apr 20 2022 12:40 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Ewald

Wendy D. Burroughs Apr 20 2022 12:13 PM