The family of Donald Lewis Ehrhart of Irvine, Pa. are announcing the peaceful passage of Dutch on July 10th, 2012 at 10:45 a.m. in Warren General Hospital. He had been ill for some time with COPD, and died peaceably with his daughter Pamela Mock Wilson by his side
Dutch was born in Seneca, Pennsylvania, on May 18, 1932, but grew up around Venus, Pennsylvania. He served in Korea and recently was honored by the Warren County Hospice for his service in the United States Air Force. Dutch was discharged in 1954. He had served for four years in the Korean Conflict as a staff sergeant working as an air traffic controller.
Dutch graduated from Clarion State College as an English teacher in 1958. He taught for five years in Fillmore, NY, where he and Alma made many good and long lasting friends. While he was teaching in Fillmore he earned his Masters in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Geneseo State in 1963. He practiced as the district speech pathologist in the Olean School District and was in private practice for a number of years. At that time, he became quite active in the New York State Teachers Association which then became New York State United Teachers-A.F.T., and eventually was employed by them as a field representative. He was also president of the union’s professional association in 1970’s. He worked in that capacity in the Williamsville and Jamestown offices until his retirement in 1988. During much of that time the family lived in Allegany and Franklinville, N.Y. In both those towns, they met many more families who have remained lifelong friends.
Dutch and Alma have lived in Warren County for approximately 20 years. During that time, they have lived on the Alleghany River where they enjoyed the beauty of the region. Dutch served for the Brokenstraw Valley Area Authority until his declining health forced him to retire. Recently the family celebrated Dutch’s 80th birthday. It was a glorious day that will long be remembered by family and friends. .
He was the husband of Alma Lucille Reed Ehrhart, who he wed in June of 1958. His children: daughters: Pamela Mock Wilson of League City, Texas and Cindy Lou Ehrhart English of Victoria, British Columbia; sons: Bruce Alan Ehrhart, and Brad Lewis Ehrhart had gathered round him. Another son: Gerald Sliker is of Arizona. He is predeceased by his mother Lula Grace and Louis Samuel Ehrhart, a sister Mary Louise (Meg), and a daughter Terri Lynne Ehrhart, who died in infancy. He has three living siblings: Kathleen Dittman, Carol Harris, and George T. Ehrhart. Dutch was very proud of his grandchildren who played a very important part in his life. These include: Brandon Edward Ehrhart and his partner Shauna Hill, Brittni Elaine, Chad Anthony, and Kalie Lynne Ehrhart, Erik Benjamin Louis and Jocelyn Hannah English, and Shane Richard Wilson. He also had two great grandchildren: Andrew and Mason Ehrhart. Sons in laws include: Dick Wilson and Karl English.
There will be a celebration of life on August 4, 2012 at 1:00 when everyone from afar can attend at the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 314 N. Main St. Youngsville, Pa. Pictures and stories will be most welcome. Dutch would have liked that. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, people donate to Hospice of Warren Co, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, Pa. 16365. E-condolences to the family may be made at www.nelsonfuneral home.net