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“Since I received the text from Cindy telling me of Kenny's passing there has been a void in my heart. How do I explain just how much he and his...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Juliee Yarolem - Monmouth, IA

“Shirley and Family, I am sorry I cannot be there. Please know I am thinking of you all. Kenny touched the lives of so many. I have so many good...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Shannon Petersen - IA

“Deb and Ehlinger Family, We are truly sorry for the loss of your love one, Ken Ehlinger. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you. ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Heather and Rod Silvas - Friend

“Deb and Family,We are terribly sorry for the sudden loss of your loved one. May your pain and sadness subside with time.All our love,Heather, Rodney,...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Heather and Rodney Silvas

“SENDING OUR SYMPATHY TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY JOAN KUNDE AND FAMILY ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: JOAN KUNDE - ZWINGLE, IA - Friend

“my deepest sympathy to the Enlinger family. kenny was such a wonderful person and friend to frank god bless twyla oswald ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: twyla oswald - byron, MN - Friend

“Dear Shirley and Family,Gary and I are so sorry to hear of Kenny's passing. Memories of him go back to the Quarterdeck and how much fun it was. May...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Gary and Lois King - Lowden, IA

“Sorry doesn't begin to express how I feel for you! Ken was like a 2nd father to me! Numerous times I sat and confided in him, he would listen and...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Todd Romer - Britt, IA - Friend

“Kenney It's so very hard for me to comprehend that I won't see you this summer. You were always tormenting both Shirler and I we loved it and we...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Rosemarie Rohwein Johnston - AK

“So sorry to hear of Kennys passing.Our thoughts and prayers are with you Shirley and family. Love from Arizona. Harlan, Doris and John Hazer. ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Harlan Hazer - Chandler, AZ

“Shirley and family, So sorry for your loss. Hold on to each other and all your memories during this difficult time. My prayers are with all of you....Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Paula Breitbach-Otten - IA

“So sorry for your loss Shirley and family. ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Jeannine Lawver - Durango, IA

“Deb and Mark,You have our deepest sympathy. Please know that we are thinking of you and you and your family are in our prayers. Karl and Lisa ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Lisa Dallefeld - Worthington, IA

“I was in Bootcamp with Him in San Diego. Ed ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Edwin Stoltz - Dubuque, IA


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Kenneth J. "Ken" Ehlinger, age 75, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly as the result of an automobile accident, on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. To honor Ken's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Ken's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a prayer service held at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Ken was born on October 11, 1942, in Maquoketa, Iowa, son of Julien J. and Alice E. (Sweeney) Ehlinger.

Ken honorably served his country with the U.S. Navy; stationed in Vietnam for a time, and proudly working in the Navy Postal Service for 20 years. Never one to shy away from work, after his stint in the service, Ken would go on to own and operate the Quarter Deck in Baldwin, Iowa, for 18 years. And his final 10 years of productively sharing his time and talents with others, before finally settling into retirement, were earnestly devoted to Care Pest Control. Ken was united in marriage to his true love, Shirley Rohwein, on May 11, 1963, in Bremerton, Washington. The loving couple was blessed with 54 years, and 3 deeply adored children together. In his free time, Ken enjoyed sitting down with a good book in hand, or even routinely trying to tackle and conquer the latest advances in computer technology. But, the one thing which truly brought Ken joy was his family. Any opportunity to get together and spend a little quality time with his loved ones was always time well spent in Ken's mind. Our hearts are beyond broken today with the sudden and tragic loss of our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, but we know and trust that Ken is finally free of the ailments and confines of his earthly temple and that today he finds himself clothed in eternal perfection while enjoying a family reunion with his loved ones who've been called home ahead of him. We will surely miss you Ken, but we will also definitely maintain a firm grasp on all of the positive love, lessons and memories you leave behind while we patiently wait to see you again.

Those left to cherish Ken's memory include

his loving wife,
Shirley Ehlinger, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
LaCinda "Cindy" (Ricky) Carr, Lena, IL,
Deborah (Mark) Uthe, Manchester, IA
and Kevin Ehlinger, Maquoketa, IA;

his 14 grandchildren,
Shawna (Jeff) Busker, Kristen (Josh) Heinrich, Brandon (Jonathan) Mills, Chad Mills, Nathan Carr, Ashley (Tailor) Mills, Jenna Carr, Jared Carr, Dakota Potter, Jennifer Uthe, Charles Uthe, Nickolas Uthe, Kaitlyn Uthe and Bryce Ehlinger;

his 15 great-grandchildren;

his siblings,
Anne Block, DeWitt, IA,
Richard (Linda Sue) Ehlinger, Oklahoma City, OK,
Donald (Ruth) Ehlinger, Jacksonville, FL,
Norma (Dale) Simonson, Grand Mound, IA,
Dale (Chris) Ehlinger, Washington, IA
and Ron (Lisa) Ehlinger, Ankeny, IA;

and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; 3 sisters, Jean Ehlinger in infancy, Cathy (Travis) Green and Connie Martin; and a brother, Ray Ehlinger.

A Kenneth J. "Ken" Ehlinger memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.