On Aug. 31, Heaven’s gates opened to welcome Robert Mack Ehrlich. Bob was born Sept. 19, 1925, in Topeka, Kansas, to parents John Henry Ehrlich and Idamac Warner Ehrlich. He joined brother John and sister Mary.
Bob’s early years were full of baseball from the time he could lift a bat until June 1943 when he joined the U.S Marine Corps. He served in the Pacific and was in the battles of Pelelieu and Okinawa and the Army of Occupation in Japan. He was discharged in February 1946 and that was when he met his wife-to-be, Eleanor Griswold — they met at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Bob and “El” were married on Nov. 8, 1947 (missed 73 years by two months). In 1948 they moved to Idaho where Bob attended Farragut College and Technical Institute, which was located on a former Navy base. In 1950 Bob went back into the Marine Corps and served in Korea where he was a member of the “Frozen Chosin” and received two Purple Hearts. He was discharged in 1951.
The Ehrliches lived in Topeka where Bob served on the police department for five years. Their daughter Vickie was born in 1951, followed by Bob in 1953 and John in 1957. In 1958 it was back to the Northwest and Coeur d’Alene where Bob was in the Panhandle Health Department stationed in Grangeville and Coeur d’Alene. Son Bill joined the family in 1966 and in 1972 they moved to Whatcom County, Washington, where Bob had the dream job of his life — farming. They had a red raspberry ranch and he also had a woodworking shop where he built beautiful furniture and did inlay work with exotic woods. Then in 2008 it was back to Coeur d’ Alene to be closer to family.
In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by brother John and daughter Vickie.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; children Bob (Karen), John (Dana) and Bill (Joyce); six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Due to declining health, Bob lived at Legends Park Assisted Living for the past five years and was loved and cared for there. Hospice of North Idaho was involved in his care the last few months and his family can never thank both Hospice and Legends enough for the loving care he received.
In lieu of flowers, any contribution in Bob’s memory can be made to Christ the King Lutheran Church Roof Fund or Hospice of North Idaho.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, in Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1700 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. The service will be streamed on ctkcda.com.
Yates Funeral Home is entrusted with final arrangements. Please visit Bob’s online memorial and sign his guestbook at www.yatesfuneralhomes.com.