Memories from Fans.
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Open Letter from Shirley & Randy to Those That Loved Ebenezer
Ebenezer’s Final Farewell Letter
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It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the
passing of Ebenezer. For all that knew and were lucky to know him, he will
never be gone. He’s just not going to physically be in a pasture just a
click past Main Street in Downtown Grandview, MO. For nearly 33 years, he
gave as much or more love than he received. He cheated death more than once
and in all of those second chances, he carried on like nothing happened.
Moreover, Ebenezer is the hero in the children’s book that gets to be
rightfully immortalized for the rest of our days as we remember an amazing
animal. Thanks just isn’t enough for an animal that gave all of us so much
.. but for now, it will suffice.
Greener Pastures - Jackson County Advocate
Ebenezer the donkey dies, surrounded by friends - Kansas City Star
Ebenezer the donkey dies at 32 years old - KCTV-5
Grandview's colourful donkey passes away - Horsetalk.co.nz
Since the passing of Ebenezer on February 12, 2012, there have been a flood of messages sent over to Ebenezerthedonkey.com.
This will be there home of each and every message from folks all over the world that were moved by Grandview's most famous entity.
From thoughts to memories to a simple thanks, we are poised to keep the memory of Ebenezer alive for decades.
EB'S PASSING ON 2.12.12
Friends – tonight I crossed over Rainbow Bridge – I am now posting this from a better, safer place for me, one where I am no longer in pain. The past few months have been a real struggle for me with the cold, and my arthritis, and my recent injury. I've lived a great 33 years, and I could not have a better group of friends and family. I will miss all of you dearly, especially Shirley and Randy ...and all my caretakers who have been there every day (3-4 times a day) for me for the past few years. I've told my caretakers before I crossed Rainbow Bridge tonight that I wanted to keep my FB up, as I've got lots of great followers, family, and friends, so they will leave my FB going. I won't be able to communicate from the other side of the Rainbow Bridge, but know that I will always be with each and every one of you, every day of your lives.....just listen, and you will hear my bray. I will never forget any of you, and all you did to make my life the best ever. You will be in my heart forever. Peace, my friends....it's time for me to rest now....on the other side of Rainbow Bridge...
Forever your friend,
I miss you so much
Ebenezer. I keep going to your website so I can hear you braying. I am so
thankful Joe Dimino captured all the videos and sound bites of you. Love you
Buddy. Please tell my mom I think of her every day and I miss her. She loved
Randy & I hope people will still drive by Ebenezer's everyday and honk in rememberance of our beloved friend. Our goal now is to have a bronze sculpture done of Ebenezer and talk the City of Grandview into putting it out in front of City Hall since he was the unofficial goodwill ambassador of Grandview. We love you so much Neezer and we were so lucky to have you in our lives. We want your beautiful legacy of unconditional love to go on and on...
I have been going to see Mr. Ebenezer since I was 3 years old…I am now
20. I have always loved animals but I’d have to say that Ebenezer was my
favorite. You could just feel his warm spirit whenever you visited him. I
know now he that he is in a better place, free from pain and in peace. I
want to thank Shirley, Randy, and Joe for all of the good things you did for
our special donkey. God bless all of you!
I will never forget you Ebenezer! You will live in my heart forever!
My son, Shane, and I used to stop often and pet 'Ebby', or just honk as we went by . . . he ALWAYS looked up from grazing :) Thanks for all your work on his website!
This was to have been a special weekend for me, as it was to have included what I had hoped would be the first of several visits with you in this new year. I will make my visit to your Grandview pasture on Sunday - and I will continue to visit that special place throughout the year and in the years to come (especially on our shared birthday - our special bond) - but there will be no more opportunities to hug your sweet neck, to touch your sweet face, to blow a kiss to you, to whisper "I love you" in your sweet ear...there will be only a hole in my heart just the size of your sweet soul. I will forever love you...forever miss you...forever remember you.
As you make new friends and greet old ones in your new Heavenly pasture, please let them know that they, too, are forever loved...missed...remembered.
Eb, don't worry about your dear caregivers, especially Shirley and Randy. All who love you will be there for them should they need us. ...and don't worry about your deer friends who stood vigil on your last night with us. I trust that God will protect them...and I will blow kisses their way when I visit. I know that you will greet them with your special bray when it is their time to cross over The Rainbow Bridge.
Farewell for now, dear angel Ebenezer, my sweet old friend. I am grateful that you are no longer in pain. May God in His mercy grant all your friends the privilege of loving you for eternity in Heaven.
Carol Carpenter - Overland Park, KS
My tears won’t stop falling. My son and I have loved Ebenezer for 16
years. We only knew him as “Donkey” until the story about him being sick
came out two years ago. We were so happy that he was getting such wonderful
care and we have been following all his news stories and videos. My son was
so grateful that he got to visit Ebenezer just 2 weeks before he passed.
Thank you Shirley and Randy. We all loved Ebenezer, but you were the ones that saved his life, brought him back to his beautiful home, and took loving care of him every day. I can’t even imagine how much you must miss him. Please keep us all posted on the bronze sculpture. We will never forget Ebenezer and we will see him again someday.
My thoughts in memory of Ebeneezer. Thanks!
As day breaks and I slowly walk to the window I see it’s another gorgeous day. The sun is bright accompanied with a lazy wind, and I can smell oats and apples in the pan.
The dry loose dust softly plumes under each hoof as I mosey over to my favorite cool spot under the spreading tree. I lift my nose into the fragrant breeze . . . and I think I’m feelin’ a bit spry today! Understand it though, I’m never left alone here for too long – ah, I see some of my friends heading this way now; oh good, more caressing and brushing, and maybe even a sweet love-note in the ear.
Now, as you drive by my memorial, realize that my 32-year old bones are resting, and remember how my life here has been every day. Thanks for friends just like you it really was the best. And . . . can you still hear my bray? I know you’ll keep it going on and on!
Ebeneezer, The Donkey by Barbara Spanknoble
For us the greatest was the honor of being able to care for Ebenezer. We
looked forward to getting down to the barn every Tuesday morning to feed
him. He has brought us so much joy and love. He leaves an empty spot in our
hearts but we have many many wonderful memories.
Sam and Anne
I had a 22+ years long love affair with Ebenezer. When I first moved to Grandview in 1989, I didn't know his name so for the longest time I referred to him as Milton Burro. I knew that most equines liked hard mints as a special treat, so I started carrying mints in my car so that if I saw Eb in the pasture, I could stop and give him a mint or two. One day we passed his pasture but had run out of mints so we went to the Quik-Trip on Holmes to get some for him. They were totally out of mints so I got him some butterscotch discs thinking sugar was sugar. Well we got back to Ebenezer and gave him a piece of the butterscotch candy. He crunched down on it and spit it out. So I tried another one. Same reaction. From that day on until he could no longer chew hard candy, I never again tried to give Eb anything but red or green mints. So far, we (my husband Clyde and I) have been unable to drive west on Main Street beyond 2nd street. It just hurts too much. We were pleased and privileged to be among his caregivers. Monday mornings will be forever changed for us because we can't start our week off with Ebenezer. Eb,you will never be forgotten.
Carol & Clyde Hestand
We need to celebrate the life of Ebenezer!
Connie Dorst Kauffman
Just said my goodbye and hung the wreath I made him. :'( RIP my friend. —
with Ebenezer TheDonkey.
I've been poking around through the tributes and photos and it really is
wonderful and marvellous how this little donkey brought so many people
together and touched their lives. And it is just as amazing and splendid how
a whole city and far flung friends rallied around Ebenezer. As someone who
lives far away and only just discovered Ebenezer online, I have to say that
the whole thing is awe inspiring. Thank you to everyone involved and thanks
especially to Ebenezer, a jewel among donkeys.
Rip. I remember seeing you were ill. Prayers for comfort for those not at
bridge with you yet.
My memorial to Ebenezer TheDonkey ...... it has the remainder of the
animal crackers that I had feed him..... Miss you Ebenezer...
Ellie and I took flowers out to Ebenezer TheDonkey's pasture tonight. It
was so sad seeing his signs removed and not hearing his bray as we got out
of the car. Rest in peace Ebenezer. You will forever be missed. — with
Gwen Minter Maxwell
I passed Ebenezer's home several times weekly always looking for him, and
stopping once in awhile to pet him. Now when i pass by it will only be
memories of the donkey whose ancestors were at the birth of Christ, took
Jesus into Egypt, and carried Jesus on Palm Sunday.
I hope a permanent Memorial can be built at his grave so we can visit on both his birthday and when he went to greener pastures I will certainly try to contribute.
And a special thanks to all who cared for him the past few years--they have a special place in heaven surrounded by Ebenezer and his kin.
i wish i had known
about Ebenezer before... but i just found out because of his passing. i will
be back to hear his greatest hits for sure ;) RIP sweet old man...
You will be missed my
friend, I would look for you everyday when I drove by your house. Rest in
Kim Sobotka Mollhoff
Lindsey Jo Martin
Ebe, miss you already!
You will never be forgotten!
Rest in peace, sweet
This song's for you,
Ebe. Until we meet again.
You will be missed,
but not forgotten!
I just found out about
his passing. I'm glad that his last few years were filled with happiness
that came from caregivers, his new barn, and the kindness of the Grandview
community. He will be missed.
Rest in peace
Ebenezer! Sure wish I would have made time to come and see you and feed you
carrots! Have fun in Heaven!
Sarah Rouse Thomason
The day after my dad's funeral we needed a pick-me-up to get our minds off our sadness and seeing you was the first thing we thought of doing. It wasn't quite the same without Pops helping the girls feed you carrots, but you made things be...tter and brought a smile to our faces. We're all going to miss seeing you come walking up to the gate when we pull in the drive, but I'm betting if you look around there are a lot of friends with carrots in their hands welcoming you with open arms. Miss you buddy...
I am truly saddened I
never had the chance to me u old fella. Would u do me a huge favor and check
on my heading horse? His name is Mouse. I know u and he will be great
friends. When u see him tell him that he is greatly missed here. And please
let him know I did everything know to equine medicine to save him. Tell my
dad hello also I know he'll be right by his side. RIP my friend and we'll
see u again someday.
TheDonkey you will be missed. The kids and i will never for get last summer
Tammie Taulman Larkworthy
Oh Ebe...my heart is
breaking, but you're no longer in pain. God has a special place for you and
no doubt you'll have so many new friends in heaven. There will be a new star
shining brightly in the sky with your name on it. RIP sweetie.
Sad news. our local
town mascot, Ebenezer TheDonkey, died last night. His age was estimated to
be between 32-40 years which is pretty darn old for a donkey. Our family
enjoyed driving past his pasture in the hopes that we would catch a glimpse
of him or hear him bray. RIP, Ebe.
You will be more than
missed. Such a handsome donkey you were!! Ive spent 27 years...watching you
and getting excitement from you. You will dearly be missed
My heart is breaking
but I have some sweet memories of "my friend" Ebenezer and I know someday
those will be what will replace the pain. ♥
The longest living
legend in Grandview passed away, Ebenezer TheDonkey, you will be missed.
I know i never got to
really meet you up close Ebs but I always saw you everyday when I came home
from school.. I remember when I was really little and got to feed you apples
everyday.. You will be greatly missed Ebenezer TheDonkey
grandview is boring
now with out him
R.I.P. Ebenezer!! I
will miss driving by your barn. My siblings and I always tried to spot you
on our way to church at Coronation of Our Lady. Growing up in Grandview we
all knew you! You were the Unofficial Mascot in my opinion!! You will be
missed greatly! Sending lots of love and prayers to the Families that took
care of you. Thank you! XOXO
How sad! Ebenezer
died. Every morning I saw Ebenezer. My mornings will not be the same. You
will be missed. :(
You will be missed!
Oh bless his heart...
He will be truley missed. RIP Eb.
Betty Fasl McClenahan
Rip I will miss seeing
you when I drive down main st.
Thank you Randy and
Shirley and all of the people who gave Ebenezer a good life in his golden
years. Thanks also to the Kansas City Star who brought the news of him to
the wider world. But mainly thanks to little Ebenezer, that old soul, who
brought us all so much delight by just being himself.
Breaks my heat to
heart my long distance neighbor passed on. He'll be missed.
RIP Ebenezer!!! I
loved coming to see you at lunch everyday!!! Lots of jolly ranchers for you
So sorry to hear the
sad news. Rest in peace sweet guy. Thanks for serving as a great friend,
healer and confidant. ♥ u!
:( oh how sad!!! I
grew up in Grandview & often drove by your pasture hoping to see you because
you always made me smile. I moved away in 1998 but never forgot about you &
was delighted to see you on TV recently. Thank you for the fond memories &
now my prayers go to your human family & caretakers. May you find peace &
comfort in the passing of your beloved donkey, Ebenezer. Gone but never
Going to miss you so
much, sweet Ebenezer. I saw you many times over the years as my parents and
I drove past your pasture. You were absolutely adorable.
So sad to hear you've
passed but glad to know you're no longer in pain. You've brought together a
community and given thousands of people great joy. Rest in peace.
I never thought that I would say that one of my best friends in this world is a donkey. You helped piece together my family's broken hearts after we lost our pets, and you became a part of our family forever. I'll never forget the first time I saw you run and hee-haw and bray... I still have videos of you doing it. There will never be another donkey like you, Ebe. You've been a listenin...g ear for friends and family, a pick-me-up to the lonely and hurting, and a friend for everyone who passes by you're barn. I wish I could have seen you back in the days when you roamed all over your land, going wherever you wanted and getting yourself into all kinds of trouble, but the past few years with you have changed my life and given peace to my family after hard losses. I can't believe you're gone... It's honestly surreal. I guess, I kind of thought you'd live forever. It sucks, because I've only had a few years with you, and it wasn't nearly enough. I don't know what our family would have done without you, Ebe. You've changed us forever. We will miss you, but I can sleep well at night knowing that you are in Heaven with some of my favorite pets, all of you watching over us together. I hope you have fun up there Ebe, and I'll see you again someday buddy.
Until we meet again....
Love you, miss you.
Lindsey Jo Martin
RIP Ebenezer TheDonkey!
Ebe, you are the best
donkey I ever knew! You brought so many people together in this world. You
will be missed dearly. I know you are watching over us now from above :)
Rest in Peace
Ebenezer! You may be gone but never forgotten.
Joyce Cannon- Ownby
We will all miss him
and he will always be in our hearts. Legends of this great creature will
live on forever. Anytime anyone is in the area of his domain we will
remember him and pass down stories of him to our children.
My furry friend
Ebenezer, the almost 33-year-old "Jesus donkey." What a character. I'm glad
I got to meet him several times and give him a hug. I wish he could be here
to enjoy the upcoming springtime. — with Ebenezer TheDonkey at Ebenezer's
RIP Ebenezer TheDonkey
you will be missed by many. l remember the big teeth smile you would always
give almost anybody who passed by. The drive passed your barn will not be
the same. You will be missed!!!
I never met you, but I
fell in love with you as soon as a friend directed me to your fb page. So
glad God put special creatures on earth such as yourself. I want to express
my sympathy to your caretakers and I know God smiled each time they
performed a service for you. God bless!
I am so glad that Matt
Cobern, Connie Lamkin and I took the time to go visit him recently. What a
cool story he had. It shows there are still good people left in the world to
donate their time to make Ebenezer TheDonkey's life a good one!
Kellie Lewis Cobern
Not too many things
make me cry...but when I read of Ebenezer's passing...I bawled. Growing up
in Grandview, Ebenezer was a local legend...I loved seeing him in his
pasture, and I loved catching him on the news. I am sure he is in a very
happy place now, running & eating as many carrots he can find....RIP, old
friend. You'll be missed.
Sherri Wagner Odell
caregivers, thank you for lifting him up and for lifting us up with your
unselfish devotion and kindness. I hope the appreciation from Ebe's friends
will now lift you up. I saw this and thought of you....."Two are better than
one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one
will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for
he has no one to help him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10). "Certainly a life
without friends makes our sojourn lonely and hard to bear."
Miss you so much
buddy! Kiera and I are going to light a candle for you at church this
afternoon. Happy Valentines Day!
Ellie and I took
flowers out to Ebenezer TheDonkey's pasture tonight. It was so sad seeing
his signs removed and not hearing his bray as we got out of the car. Rest in
peace Ebenezer. You will forever be missed. — with Ebenezer TheDonkey.
Gwen Minter Maxwell
I wish I had known you
Ebenezer ... I was sitting reading all the wonderful articles and tributes
and it is obvious you lived a life well loved :-)
Bless his heart, may
he be at peace. Our family loved seeing him for the 20 years we were in
Grandview - we moved in 2009. Everytime we went back that way we went to see
him again. Thank you to everyone for helping him so much. Love you,
I'm sure you are
overwhelmed with emails but wanted to send my thank
you for all your hard work on this site. I was a big fan of Ebe's
since reading about him in the Kansas City Star. I was there to visit
several times and met some of the many loyals friends and caretakers
he had. It is such a touching story and I am so sad for the loss!
He was a lucky donkey to have so many good friends, caretakers and fans!
Thanks again! Jackie Phelps
My husband came home
from work one evening to tell me about this little donkey he had visited. We
made plans the next day to go and see him and when we got up to the fence,
here comes Ebenezer running at full gallop. The next thing I remember was
hearing what sounded like the opening and closing of a rusty gate, only it
got louder and louder and he ran up and brayed in our faces with all of his
might. I never smelled donkey breath before and it smelled like grass and I
noticed he had big, greenish teeth. That was it for me, he had me at the
I just want to say
thank you to Shirley and all of the beautiful people that took such good
care of our dear friend.
RIP Ebenezer. I’ll miss you and I hope we meet again.
I met Ebenezer about 6
years ago when I worked in Grandview. What a beautiful, precious donkey. So
loving, and always glad to see folks with treats. I am so sorry for your
loss. He was a special animal that brightened many lives.
Cindi Inman - Greenwood, Missouri
I have lived in
Grandview for 30 years. The first time I saw him, I was surprised to see a
donkey in Grandview. Then I counted on seeing him. I looked forward to
seeing him. He was loved by so many people. I know he was loved by me. I go
down that road next to his pasture every day to work. I will surely miss
Beverly Shields - Grandview, MO
i won't be able to go
past his home for a long time if ever. when i'd pull in he'd come troting
over to say hi.
I never had the
pleasure of meeting Ebe in person, but through the articles, website and
calendar, I felt as if he was my dear old friend. I placed his calendar in a
special place in my kitchen where I could see it clearly. Every day I pet
his sweet face and sent him my best. I knew he couldn’t live forever. But
when I turned on the news first thing this morning I learned of old Ebe’s
passing. I was shocked and saddened beyond belief. This day has been one of
shedding many tears over the sweet donkey. I don’t know why, but he sure
wormed his way into my heart. I’m still going to keep his calendar up in
memory of him.
I want to give a special thanks to Shirley and Randy and to the many others who worked so tirelessly to give Ebe happiness and comfort. They deserve a special gold star. I know they now have an overwelming emptiness .. I didn’t even know him personally, but I do. May our dear Lord give them peace and comfort in the days to come. I know Ebe is in God’s loving arms now and can no longer know any hurt, but will have everlasting PEACE.
I love you, Ebe, Jan Williamson
We have been visiting
Ebenezer for years. I love him and am very sad about his passing. The first
time I met him he came up to the fence and he let out the loudest bray I
have ever heard. It was a nice greeting. I will miss him with all my heart.
Our family did not get
to see him, though we wanted to... all the same, when we found out of his
passing....our hearts were broken....May God receive him into the Animal
Kingdom of Heaven...Long live the memory of Ebenezer... Be Good and May God
I grew up with him. My
kids grew up with him. I am saddened today and he will be greatly missed,
and I mean that from the bottom of my heart.
Tammy Gaffney, Grandview Missouri
I just wanted to let
you know that my parents used to bring me to feed ebenezer when I was in jr
high. As days went by, I also brought my own son when he was younger, to
feed Ebenezer. Ebenezer will be greatly missed. He was most certainly,
Grandview's most famous person.
Hugs - Heidi / Belton MO
My husband, Gene, and
I moved here 3 years ago from Omaha and were so happy to have found that
Ebenezer was our local celebrity We always enjoyed driving by and I would
stop to see Ebenezer on nice days when he was out in his pasture. My last
visit was about a week ago. He walked right up to the fence and I gave Eb a
hug and kiss and told him that he was a good boy and I loved him. I'm so
glad I did that! We will be sure to honk when we drive by Ebenezer's barn.
He really brought some joy to our lives and the calendar on the wall will be
treasured. We'd love to see a statue or some remembrance done by the city of
Grandview. Ebenezer was truly one-of-a-kind and his gentle soul will now be
with God, and no doubt Ebenezer will be braying and kicking up his heels,
free from pain, and eternally content. We'll miss you, Ebenezer.
Christine Royer - Grandview, MO
I'm so sorry to hear
of Ebenezer's death. But what a big life he shared with so many! I'm one of
those who loved the drive by, following his stories from afar. Thanks for
all your efforts to give him a great life. I know you'll miss his sweet
presence, but expect his spirit is near.
My best, Dodie
We started visiting
Ebenezer when our son Sam was born in 2000. Taking Sam to feed him treats
was always a fun outing. We always called him "our burro." Little did we
realize many families also claimed his as their own! What a wonderful
testiment of the love by one little burro with a huge heart. We will miss
seeing "our burro." Happy pastures our friend.
The Hoffman family - Grandview, MO
So sorry to hear about Ebenezer. I know it was comforting to a lot of people that you and your husband showed so much love and care for “Eb”. He was a very lucky donkey.
Brad Stephens - KCTV5
We are the workers who
stopped many times over the years to pet and maybe give a snack to mr.
Ebenezer. He will be greatly missed. Our sympathy goes to you all.
City of Grandview. Public works. Street division, sewer division
Ebenezer, we already miss you. You've been the best neighbor! I still
remember, we had just moved into our home, and I was up late painting our
kitchen. I had the windows open, and I heard the strangest noise. I ran
into the other room and told my husband, and he laughed and said, "You've
finally heard the famous donkey!" We've all loved bringing you apples and
hugs over the years. That is going to be one, lonely field from this day
Love always, The Spencers
I took this picture 2-7-12
Annette Turnbaugh / Annette Turnbaugh Photography
Grandview, MO 64030
We will sorely miss this sweet Grandview icon.
My son called me this morning to tell me the sad news
that Ebenezer is no longer standing where we can see him on his acreage just
outside the city limits of Grandview. I know he is there in spirit, though.
I am so sad right now that I can’t write my thoughts. I will post my memories later after I gather myself from the shock of his passing.
I want Shirley and Randy Phillips to know that they are true angels. I want to thank them for adopting Ebenezer and for sharing him with everyone. They gave totally of themselves to make his acreage look like heaven here on earth and cared for Ebenezer like he was a little baby. I will never forget what they did for our community and for Ebenezer.
I will write more later when I can compose myself and be able to write something from my heart that describes what Ebenezer meant to me.
Glenda Foster / Grandview, MO 64030
Thank you for sharing. SO many in South KC area, in Grandview, but in many ways around the metro area knew and loved Eb. You have been particularly caring for Eb.
What a blessing God gave Grandview for us to have Ebenezer all these years.
Dr. Ralph Teran, Superintendent of Grandview Schools