In Memory


Ehrke, Michael David, July 3, 1945 - July 14, 2015. Rosary, Sunday, July 19th, 5 PM. Funeral Mass Monday, July 20th, 11 AM. both St. Thomas Aquinas Church. The most brilliantLIGHT  that was Michael was extinguished Tuesday, July 14th, 2015. Michael's baritone voice, his musical talent, a die-hard fan of blue jeans rock n' roll with the accent on the 2/4 beat is what defined him. Michael was a renowned local musician and a member of the Soule Survivors and Sawdust Charlie. With his brilliant mind, generous spirit, beautiful script, wicked sense of humor, love of Mexican food and all dogs, he will be remembered as a fiercely loyal son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He proudly served his country in the US Army 1966-1968, serving in Vietnam, LRRP Detachment of 196th LIB, Company E 51st Infantry LRP, member of Company G (Ranger) 75th Infantry Association. As a professional safety andHEALTH  consultant in the roofing industry, Michael established and was Executive Director of "SHARP", the Safety and Health Agenda for Roofing Professionals (retired). He was preceded in death by his father, John F. Ehrke and numerous canine companions. Michael is survived by his beloved wife Mary; daughters Adrienne (John Hackwith-Great Falls, MT) and Camryn (Wichita, KS); sons John Aaron (Amy-Overland Park, KS) and Jordan (Wichita, KS); mother Sarah Patricia Ehrke (Sandy, UT); sisters Sheryl Ivey (Bob-Cottonwood Heights, UT) and Jan Dixon (Greg-Olathe, KS); brother Kip (Cottonwood Heights, UT); grandsons Luke and Blake (Overland Park, KS); dogs Angel and Dexter; in-laws; nieces and nephews; countless friends. In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to the Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside St, Wichita, KS 67220 or Paws for Veterans, 1900 S. Harbor City Blvd., Ste 106, Melbourne, FL 32901. The world is greatly diminished with his leaving for another. In the end his huge loving heart failed him, leaving our hearts broke, but we find comfort in knowing that his soule survives. Downing & Lahey East Mortuary. Share tributes online at: 

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07/19/15 08:30 AM #1    

David Landrum

You are a helluva guy, Mike, and you will NOT be forgotten!


07/20/15 03:20 PM #2    

Gerald Bradfield

The large attendance at your funeral, Mike, really shows how many people cared about you.  Once a Redskin.....always a Redskin.

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