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John Ehmke

John Edwin "Johnny" Ehmke

Thursday, June 3rd, 1926 - Monday, January 14th, 2019
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John Edwin (Johnny) Ehmke

Johnny, born June 3, 1926 in Kingman, Kansas, died January 14, 2019 in Cañon City, Colorado. His father, John F. Ehmke and his mother Harvilla (Shepherd) Ehmke were both from Kansas. The family moved to Colorado in the 1930’s, first to Rosita in Custer County, then to Fremont County. Johnny met Betty Lucille Driver in Canon City and they were married in 1947. In their 64 years of marriage, the couple had two sons- John Arnold (Cindy Lukassen) and Scott Alan (Mary Thiesing). There are four Grandchildren- Johnna (Bruce Beavis), Jason (Kimberly Howard), Lisa (Ray Mendoza) and Brian. Six Great Grandchildren- Kasey and Kobe Ehmke, Danny, Marcus, Brooklyn and Myles Mendoza. There are numerous nieces and nephews. Betty preceded Johnny in death along with sisters Lillian, Joan and Shirley. Johnny served in the military during WW II and again in the Korean War. He worked for several years at the Cañon Wholesale Grocery, then he went to work for the local power utility and retired from there after many years of service. His off time was spent camping, fishing, boating and traveling, but mostly his time was spent with his family and friends.
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Tom Gherna

Posted at 12:07pm
Uncle Johnny,
We are going to miss you so much. We have so many great memories of being with you. Most of them are camping and fishing but there are so many more. I will always remember your smile, your intelligence and your commitment to your country, profession and your wife and family. I’ve always had a huge respect for that and I always will.
You were such a big part of my life which included several firsts for me. I don’t personally remember the event but I’ve been told that you took me for my first haircut. I do remember you taking me trolling in your boat for the first time at Green Mountain Reservoir. It was on this trip that I caught my first fish while trolling which happened to be the first Kokanee salmon that I ever caught. Aunt Betty cooked that one for lunch for me and it was delicious. Another first was that you taught me how to tie a tie for the first time.
Other memories that I will treasure forever are:
- The many Friday night trips to Canon that we would arrive late at your house and you would be watching Johnny Carson.
- Spending the night in sleeping bags on your living room floor and the first thing the next morning you would feed the fish and wind the cuckoo clock.
- Waking up on Thanksgiving morning at your house to the smell of turkey and watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
- Stopping at the Dairy King in Buena Vista to get ice cream for everyone including Patches and Moses.
- Patches jumping into the fish trough at the Leadville fish hatchery when he saw all the fish.
Please know that we love you and we’ll never forget you and please give Aunt Betty a hug for us.
Peace and Love,

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