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Gilbert W. Ehrich, 89

May 8, 2016

Gilbert Ehrich

Blue Earth Gilbert Wayne Ehrich, age 89, of Blue Earth passed away April 28, 2016 at the St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

Funeral Service was Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Hope United Methodist Church in Blue Earth. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery of Blue Earth.

Gilbert was born Nov. 16, 1926 to Ruben and Minnie (Hundt) Ehrich on the farm in Rome Township. He attended rural country school, and Frost High School.

He was drafted into the United States Army, and served in Germany during the Korean War.

On Feb. 23, 1958 Gilbert married Ramona Paschke, and together raised their two daughters, Sandy and Vickie.

Gilbert was a lifelong farmer and raised his family on their farm in Elmore Township.

He will be remembered for his lifelong love of the unadorned farm life. He spent his free time tinkering with various projects and spending time with his family. His grandchildren held a special place in his life. In the few decades that he had grandchildren, he frequently played the role of babysitter, inviting his grandchildren to spend time with him in the field, and working on special projects such as building a treehouse, restoring and taking care of cars, riding go karts and snowmobiles, and working on his many tractors.

Gilbert’s love of family extended beyond his immediate family. In the last decade of his life, St. Joseph’s Indian School became his primary philanthropic work. He enjoyed many correspondences with the students and found great joy in his support for the school. Gilbert’s deep faith was expressed through many of the non- profits and aid organizations that he supported.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ramona; daughters Sandy Guth and Vickie (Chad) Taylor; grandchildren, Alex (Joelle Van Gaalen) Ehrich, Joshua (Liz Burnette) Guth, Jonathan (Shelby) Taylor, Jade Taylor, Kellan Ehrich and Tristan Guth; siblings Donald Ehrich, of Seattle, Washington and Elaine Ehrich, of California; many nieces and nephews.

Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Elmer (Bernice) Ehrich and sister, Leona (Gordy) Harpestad.

Condolences may be left at www.pattonfh.com