Wilbert Willis Ehlers, 79, of Carroll and formerly of Arcadia, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, surrounded by his family.
Funeral was held Thursday, Oct. 10, at Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia with Pastor Ben Dose officiating. Lector for the service was Spencer Owen. Organist was Rebecca Dose. Casket bearers were Jacob Berg, Ryan Schurke, Jeremy Ehlers, Marshall Owen, Derek Schurke, Dalton Ehlers and Will Ragaller. Burial was at the Arcadia Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for the family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.
Born on Feb. 28, 1940, in Carroll, Iowa, he was a son of Julius and Minnie (Wilfang) Ehlers. Wilbert was the youngest of eight children, and he grew up on his family’s farm south of Arcadia. He attended grade school in Arcadia and graduated from Ar-We-Va High School in 1958. Following high school, Wilbert farmed for a few years. A faithful and hardworking man, Wilbert spent most of his adult years working for Badding Construction. His love for building continued after hours, as he could never put his hammer or tape measure down.
He was married to Dorothea Elvira Meggers on Aug. 9, 1959, at Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia by his brother the Rev. Harvey Ehlers. To this union, eight children were born: Allen, Debra, Diane, Darlys, Douglas, Dwight, Denise and Donna.
Wilbert was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Wilbert’s wife of 49 years, Dorothea, passed away on Oct. 22, 2008. Wilbert was later married to Carolyn Dammann on June 2, 2012, at Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia by Pastor Ben Dose and Pastor Robert Riggert. The couple made their home in Carroll until his death.
Wilbert enjoyed polka music, playing cards, family gatherings and attending his grandchildren’s events. As a father and grandfather, he was known for his infamous quotes: “Drive to arrive alive,” “Plan your work, and work your plan,” and “Follow directions explicitly to the nth degree.”
Wilbert is survived by his wife, Carolyn Ehlers, of Carroll; children and families: Deb Owen of Arcadia, Diane Schurke (Mark) of Vail, Darlys Berg (Tom) of Owatonna, Minnesota, Douglas Ehlers (Alison) of Westside, Dwight Ehlers (Melissa) of Arcadia, Denise Ragaller (Mark) of Vail, Donna Schurke (Darin) of Arcadia, and Shannon Honold (Cory) of Omaha, Nebraska; 23 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother the Rev. Harvey Ehlers of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota; two sisters-in-law: Lola Ehlers of Arcadia and Luetta Meggers of Blair, Nebraska; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Minnie Ehlers; father- and mother-in-law, William and Elvira Meggers; two sisters: Ruth Novak and Dorothy Bernstrauch; four brothers: Elmer, Albert, Vernon and Harold; son-in-law Joel Owen and his wife, Dorothea; and an infant son, Allen.