In loving memory of

C. Gene Ehlers
June 27, 1940 - September 29, 2021

Gene Ehlers, 81, of Elwood, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday afternoon, September 29, 2021, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Friday, October 8, 2021, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Carroll Gene Ehlers was born on June 27, 1940 in Jackson County, Iowa, to George and Matilda (Peters) Ehlers. He was educated in Jackson County country schools. He married Patricia F. "Pat" Hute on January 7, 1961 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on February 2, 2004.

Gene had worked various jobs throughout the years. He had worked at Hayes Bros. Dairy, Bowman Cattle Co., Clinton Engines, and as a farmhand for Frank Myatt and later Glenn Myatt. He had also worked for Rockwell Cleanup, did grave digging, and lastly as an installer and repairman for Lowden Plumbing and Heating.

Gene enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and butchering. He especially enjoyed tractors and attending "The Old Thrashers" in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa each year.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Barbara Klossner of Delmar, IA, Carol (Charles) Feldpausch of LaMotte, IA, Larry (and girlfriend Jolyn) Ehlers of Oxford Junction, IA, Gary Ehlers of Lost Nation, IA, Michael (Rena) Ehlers of Scotch Grove, IA, Michele (Don) Weimerskirch of Davenport, IA, and Karen (Neal) Kilburg of MO; 21 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Geraldine Ehlers of Andrew, IA, and Elaine Ehlers of Anamosa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, brothers John, LeRoy and Gerald, and sisters Evelyn Sutphin, Ethel Rockwell and Gloria Belinger.

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Sharon wrote on Nov 20, 2021:

"To my cousins Thinking of you guys and remembering all the family times! Your Dad was such a trickster! Lol. Always tried to scare me when I was babysitting all of you?and they came home. Such a great uncle! Sharon"

Donald Yanda wrote on Oct 8, 2021:

"I came to Maquoketa in the spring of 1962. Fresh out of college as a veterinarian. I was assigned to do the livestock inspection work at the Bowman Cattle Co. A local sale barn on Grove Street. There I met Gene Ehlers. We worked side by side many long days. He was easy to work with. A great sense of humor. I will never forget those days. I will never forget him. Dr. Donald Yanda"

Gayla Earles wrote on Sep 30, 2021:

"I am sorry for your loss. Gene had such a good sense of humor and made the best breakfast sausage. I am thinking of your family."

James Baker wrote on Sep 30, 2021:

"You will be missed brother! Save a spot for me and once I am there we can take over?"

James Baker wrote on Sep 30, 2021:

"You will be missed brother! Save a spot for me and once I am there we can take over?"

Mark & Deb (Burke) McDermott wrote on Sep 30, 2021:

"Our sincere sympathy."

Stacy Hamann wrote on Sep 30, 2021:

"The grandkids part is wrong 21 grandkids without me casey and tracy"