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John Ehlich, Jr.
  • Emily Ann Griffin Foundation
    15587 Blue Skies Rd.
    Livonia, MI 48154

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“Aunt Billie,We're so very sorry. He was good man, and we know he will be missed. Our thoughts are with you and the family.Scott & Diana Ehlich ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: Scott and Diana Ehlich - Forest, VA

“John was my recliner man. We dearly loved him. Had a lot of good memories of him especially when we did the Humer cart at Borgess Hospital. He was...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Ben and Lily Kanipe - Kalamaxoo, MI

“So sorry for your loss Billie. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I'll always remember his kind and fun personality. Take comfort...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Jason Switzer - Kalamazoo, MI

“Sorry to hear about John's passing. Dennis liked working with John ,at Jacobson's.He learned a lot & loved hearing his stories. His great smile will...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Dennis & Ingrid Simon - Parchment, MI

“Dear Ehrlich family, I am so sad to hear about John passing away. Any time I think about your family I think about Face and Potato Head. I remember...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Sheri Johnsen - Otsego, MI

“So Sorry to hear about the passing of John. Sending prayers to you and your Family Billie! Take comfort in knowing he is reunited with his good...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Kelli Andrews (Switzer) - MI

“John and Billie were friends of my brother, Harold for many years and through my brother's illness, we became friends. We have prayed for the two of...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Tom & Linda Wickham - FL - Friend

“To the Ehlich family, we are so sorry to hear of John's passing. Your family is in our prayers. Laura, Joe, Jason & Jessica Hawthorne ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Laura Hawthorne - Richland, MI

“Sorry to hear of Johns passing. I will hold all my memories of him close to my heart. He always made me smile (after his was done giving me a hard...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Jody Pietenpol (Anhalt) - MI

“Dear Billie and family:We are so sorry for your loss. John was a very special person who always had a smile and good personality. He will be greatly...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Randy and Peggy Switzer - Kal., MI

“I'm going to miss you you old grumpy man, but I know your with Mom and Daddy ! Love you! ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Cindy Switzer - Kalamazoo, MI

“So sorry to hear about the passing of our friend John. Great husband, father, grand father, brother,and of course friend. Many great memories over...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Dennis & Vickie Carol - MI

“So sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a good person and will be missed by many. John and his family are in our prayers. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Ann and Joe kaywood - richland, MI

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John Ehlich, Jr., of Richland, MI., age 79, died March 1, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. John was a carpenter who loved woodworking. He loved to build furniture and bird houses when he wasn't supervising the building and remodeling of Jacobson's Stores in many states. While living in Detroit, he had his own business and also worked for Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Company. He was very involved with the youth group at Peace Lutheran Church, and formed bonds and friendships that lasted his lifetime. John loved fishing. The "big fish" stories, about the one that got away, got more outlandish with each telling.

John was very proud of serving our country while in the Air Force. Told many stories about his year in Greenland at Thule Air Base where he worked on the flight line. His polar bear stories were really embellished for the wide eyed benefit of the grandchildren.

He moved to Richland in 1975. He was a member for almost 25 years with the Lions Club. Once he retired, he loved working as a volunteer at Borgess. They had a "humor cart" so you know he fit right in with that.

He and Billie had a great time in their travels to all 50 states; loved spending time with family and friends. Dearly loved his grandchildren and told them many wild tales of places he had been and things he had done. Took them a while but they would say, "Ompy, you are just spoofing us!"

John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Billie, his daughter, Linda Mathews-Johnson (Mike), son, John Ehlich III (Julie), adopted daughter Kim Weirick,
8 grandchildren, MJ Mathews, JJ Mathews (Dana), Jerrod Ehlich, Josh Ehlich (Lauren), John Warner Ehlich (Bridget), Dana Carnes (Eric), Brandon Johnson, Brittany Rausch (Dustin), and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Dana (Dan) Ehlich.

Cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider The Emily Ann Griffin Foundation, 15587 Blue Skies, Livonia, MI 48154. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel. Personal messages for the family may be placed at