Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial for Ralph F. Ehlers, 86, resident of Davenport, will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 25, 2010 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 417 Main St., Davenport. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery, Davenport. Visitation is today (Thursday, June 24th) from 4-7 p.m. at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. The family invites you to join them for a Rosary at 7p.m. to conclude the visitation. Ralph passed away Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme St. Memorials may be made to Fr. Conroy’s Vineyard.
Ralph Frank Ehlers was born May 8, 1924 in Davenport, a son of Henry and Josephine Barbara (Schebler) Ehlers. He was a graduate of St. Ambrose Academy. Ralph served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theatre during WW II. Ralph was united in marriage to Rosemary Hueser on July 22, 1961 in Davenport.
Ralph was a plumber journeyman working for 63 years out of the former Local 387 (now known as Local 25) with various plumbing and heating contractors. Ralph was a very active member of St. Anthony’s where he had delivered holiday baskets, he volunteered at CASI and was a member of the Halligan McCabe DeVries Pallbearer Club and a former member of the Moose. Ralph was a sports fan, he enjoyed playing golf and had been in a bowling league for many years.
Survivors include his loving wife Rosemary, his children and their spouses, Barbara Waters, Davenport, Mary Bulens, Hampton, Iowa, Joanne (Gary) Van Acker, Buffalo, Michael (Sharyn) Ehlers, Davenport, Anthony “Tony” (Johanna Ryan) Ehlers, Davenport, Paul “Joe” (Beth Dugan) Ehlers, Kenosha, Wis.; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. His sister-in-laws Etta Ehlers, Manitowoc, Wis.,and Mary Jo Ehlers, Davenport.
Ralph was preceded in death by his daughter Debbie in 1968, his parents, brothers Clarence, Robert and Paul. May they rest in peace.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Ralph’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com