Darryl Ehlers was born to Bill and Frances (Allen) Ehlers on Aug. 24, 1938 in Sumas Washington.
Except for four years in Port Orchard, Washington he resided at the family farm on the Haverstick Road his whole life.
Darryl often bragged that he was the student who received the most spankings from Mr. Perry, the principal at Sumas grade school.
In high school he was active in Future Farmers of America (FFA) and received numerous awards for animal husbandry and agriculture.
His dream was to become a veterinarian but academics were not his strength.
After graduating from the Nooksack Valley High School, Darryl served in the Air National Guard for seven years while actively involved in dairy farming and berry agriculture.
He shared his agricultural knowledge by giving seminars on blueberries.
His family was chosen Dairy Family of the Year in 1968 and later Conservation Family of the Year.
Darryl expressed his creativity by writing six books of poetry and numerous letters to the editor as well as creating whimsical metal garden art.
He loved cars, working on machinery, and dancing at the Grange on Saturday night.
After a short illness Darryl died on Monday, June 21.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his son Tony, his daughter Jackie, and his brother Dave.
Darryl is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Louise, his daughter Julie, his sons Tim and Dustin (Chopper), his niece Michelle Morse, his nephew Adam Cardon, and nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please consider giving donations to either the Lighthouse Mission in Bellingham or the Whatcom County Humane Society.
Please join us for a celebration of Darryl‘s life on Monday, July 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. at 1380 Willeys Lake Road, Ferndale.
A short service begins at 2:30 p.m., followed by a reception.
Please, dress is casual and suspenders are encouraged.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation.