John “Jack” Edward Ehlers, age 91, of Winona, Minnesota, died Sunday, July 29, 2012, at his home in Winona.
John Edward was born on March 15, 1921, to John Edward Sr. and Ellen (Schweitzer) Ehlers in Winona.
John proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army during World War II. He piloted A-20 bombers in the 410th bomb group, 645th Squadron, and flew 55 missions over France, Belgium and Germany.
On August 8, 1952, he was united in marriage to Jean Boerst at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Winona. This union was blessed with four children: Nancee, Deborah, John and Steven.
He was self employed as a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska and worked for CNW Railroad. John also owned Ehler’s Grocery in Winona and worked at Hossfeld Manufacturing.
John was an active member of the American Legion, delivered for Meals on Wheels, was on the Board of Directors for Sauer Memorial Home, and was a past member of the Winona Boat Club.
He enjoyed bowling, building boats, fishing and traveling. John was an avid sports fan, and especially favored the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings.
Those left to cherish his memory include his children: Deborah (Bryceson) Maus; John (Cindy) Ehlers; and Steven (Lisa) Ehlers; grandchildren: Vanessa Ehlers; John Ehlers; Scott Ehlers; Emily Ehlers; and Gabrielle Ehlers; step grandchildren: Lindsay (Zach) Czaplewski; and Brett Maus; other extended family and many friends.
John was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, on April 2, 1997; daughter, Nancee, on October 23, 1970; his parents; sisters: Marjorie “Peg” Urbick and Jean Sieracki; brothers-in-law: Harry Palubicki; George Urbick; and Louis Sieracki.
Memorial service will be Friday, August 3, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home in Winona, with Reverend Paul Welke presiding. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona, with full Military Rites provided by the American Legion Leon J. Wetzel Post #9.
The family requests that memorials be directed to Winona Area Hospice and the American Legion Burial Detail.
Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com. Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Winona.