In Memory of Orlan L. Ehler

Orlan L.  Ehler
Orlan L. Ehler
Born: June 5, 1925
Died: October 3, 2019
Age: 94
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Orlan L. Ehler
June 5, 1925 - October 3, 2019
From: Battle Creek, IA

Orlan L. Ehler, age 94, of Battle Creek, Iowa passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2019, at Taylor House Hospice UnityPoint of Des Moines, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Pastor Shari O’Bannon will officiate. Committal will follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. Military Rites will be conducted by the McNamara-Moore Post No. 61 of the American Legion of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa.  The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Orlan L. Ehler, age 94, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully Thursday, October 3rd, 2019, at Taylor House Hospice UnityPoint of Des Moines, IA. He was born June 5, 1925, in Battle Creek, IA, to Martin and Alma Ehler. He loved helping his dad farm and work with livestock from a very early age. He was shy and not fond of school but graduated from Ida Grove High school in 1944 as salutatorian.

His military service gave him a chance to see the world. In 1946, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps as a clerk typist and was assigned to Airways and Air Communications Services at Langley Field. He had charge of all the air to ground stations and towers around the world and returned home in 1947. He and his best friend, Jim took flying lessons, got their license in ’48 and bought a Taylorcraft. They later traded it for a Swift and he flew his dad to Mayo Clinic and to the Denver Stock shows. He almost ran out of gas a couple of times! In 1950, he was called up for active duty in the Korean War and served his country as a S Sgt in the US Air Force. After his honorable discharge in ’51, he came home and farmed and lived on his family farm all his life. He met a beautiful southern belle at a birthday party named Emma Cathern Wood. He married “Cathy” on September 20, 1952, whom he cherished all of his days, sharing 55 years of marriage together.

Orlan had a love for his land, animals and the environment. He planted over 100 trees on his homestead and received awards for land and water conservation. Orlan loved watching western movies to see the beautiful horses. He had a passion for serving others in a quiet, humble way. Orlan was generous with his time and resources and a good friend and neighbor to many. He had a sharp memory and was an excellent storyteller. Not only were you entertained for hours, if you had the time you could learn a lot about history. Orlan was active in his church, served as the school board president for 14 years and was a faithful lodge and legion member.

Over the years, Orlan took great pleasure in spending time with his grandchildren fishing and hunting, giving rides on the tractor, shooting guns and helping in the garden, building anything they asked for. He adored them. Orlan was a patient listener. He was a father and a grandfather that was always there for his children and grandchildren. Many others claimed him as their own.

Left to treasure his memory are his children, son Paul (Jean) Ehler of Hutchinson, KS and daughter Ann Lohmeier of Ankeny, IA; He was the proud grandfather of Nate (Kerry), Isaac, John, Matthew (Jackie), Jennifer (Clayton) and Adam; great-grandfather to Nolan, Madeline, Charlotte, Abigail, Finnegan and Greta; sister-in-law Ingrid Wilmott; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

Orlan was preceded in death by his loving wife, Cathy; parents Martin and Alma Ehler; sisters Elna (Joe) Zeitler and Evelyn (Ray) Hinkley.

He will lovingly be remembered as a devoted husband, wonderful father and loving grandfather.



10:00 a.m., Wednesday
October 9, 2019
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Pastor Shari O'Bannon


Nate Lohmeier
Isaac Lohmeier
John Lohmeier
Matt Ehler
Clayton Jenison
Adam Ehler


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


"Morning has Broken"
"Everything" by Lauren Daigle
"Its Not Far"
"All Creatures of Our God and King"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Friday, October 11, 2019 at 8:14 AM
“Richard and I wish to give our condolences to the family. We had not heard about your loss until we read it in the paper. We are truly sorry that we missed his funeral. May God give you peace and comfort during this very sad time. ”
- Richard Riessen
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 7:03 PM
“Paul & Ann- I was sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. He was a man of great faith and a gentle, kind soul. I feel blessed to have had both your parents in my life growing up! Kathy (Lewis) White”
- Kathy (Lewis) White
Monday, October 7, 2019 at 3:26 PM
“I was sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I remember him being on the school board when I was in high school, but mainly remember him in the Legion. He and my husband Philip served about the same time so could always swap a good story. He will be missed in the Legion, he was a faithful man. Gloria Sykes”
- Gloria Sykes
Monday, October 7, 2019 at 3:26 PM
“To Family of Orlan Ehler. So sorry to hear of Your father, grandfathers death! My sincere sympathy to all of you! God’s Blessings! Joan Petersen
- Joan Petersen
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