Eldred Eugene Ehmen

April 25th

Eldred Eugene Ehmen, 71, of rural Syracuse, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 6:00 A.M. at his home.

He was born on June 4, 1944 in Urbana, IL to Henry John and Harmine “Minnie” (Ackerman) Ehmen who preceded him in death. He married Barbara Bowers on September 12, 1981, who survives in Syracuse.

He is survived by two children, Brett from North Webster and Anna (Matt) Lewis from Aiken, SC. Also, survived by 2 sisters, Eunice Ehmen and Karen (Allen) Brucker; 2 nephews, Steve (Mary) Duitsman, and Greg (Joy) Duitsman; 3 nieces, Colleen (Jesse) Cantu, Melanie (Leon) Sieberns, and Amy (Eric) Hommema; and 5 great niece’s and 8 great nephews; and 1 great-great niece and 2 great-great nephews.

Eldred graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1962, earned a B.S.M.E at General Motors Institute (Kettering University) in 1967, and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois in 1969. He has worked as a Mechanical Engineer for General Motors in Michigan and Illinois and Dalton Foundry in Warsaw, Indiana. He was self-employed at Ehmen Contracting and Engineering and as a farmer. He held an Indiana Professional Engineer License and a Plumber Contractor License.

He belonged to The Ohio Gun Collectors Association, the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association and the Single Shot Rifle Association. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Syracuse.

Eldred enjoyed Bluegrass music, camping, gun shows and long discussions with friends on conservative politics.

Visitation is from 2 – 8 P.M. EDT on Tuesday, April 26 and 9 – 10 A.M. EDT on Wednesday, April 27 at Eastlund Funeral Home in Syracuse. Funeral services are Wednesday, April 27 at 11:00 A.M. EDT at Grace Lutheran Church in Syracuse with Pastor Wendy Piano officiating. Burial will follow after the service at Cable Cemetery.

Contributions can be made to Grace Lutheran Church, Cancer Services of North East Indiana, or Goshen Cancer Care Center.

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