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Don Ehlers

Don Ehlers

Don Ehlers

- May 28, 2020

Don Ehlers of Midland, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the Philip Nursing Home at the age of 82.

Donald Henry Ehlers - better known as “Don” by his family and friends - was born October 15, 1937, near Hamar, North Dakota, to Henry “Hiney” and Edith (Baker) Ehlers. He was the oldest of four brothers. He lived with his parents and attended rural elementary school near home for eight years.

Don enlisted in the U.S. Army for three years and was stationed in Arkansas, Texas, and Colorado where he specialized in missiles. After Don was honorably discharged, he traveled home where he met Sally Nemec in Pierre on a blind date. They were united in marriage on February 11, 1961 in St. William Catholic Church in Midland. He and Sally had four children: Donald Dwayne, Cheryl Ann, Rory Allan, and Pamela Sue.

Don worked for the Ernest Nemec family on their registered Hereford ranch for 23 years. Don and Sally moved from the Nemec homestead to establish their own place in 1984 and continued ranching for many years.

Don was a member of the American and South Dakota Hereford Association. As the children grew, Don and Sally caught “polka fever” and enjoyed dancing and camping around several states for 30-plus years. He was a member of the St. William Catholic Church in Midland and the Bad River and Ballroom Swishers dance clubs. He had a special love for horses and farm sales.

Survivors include four children, Donnie (Bonnie) Ehlers of Midland, Cheryl (Marty) Hook of Mobridge, Rory Ehlers of Ft. Pierre, and Pam Cook of Mitchell, Nebraska; seven grandchildren: Rachel (Jake) Ritzman of Hopkins, Minnesota; Devon (Haley) Ehlers of Philip, Dixie Ehlers of Midland, Stephanie Waller (Wayce) of Gillette, Wyoming, Hunter Hook of Illinois, Nicolette Cook of Kearney, Nebraska, and Walker Cook of Lincoln, Nebraska; three great-grandchildren, twins Alexis and Madison, and Brody Gisi all of Gillette, Wyoming; two brothers Henry (Connie) Ehlers of Phoenix, Arizona and Marlin (Mary Lou) Ehlers of Tolna, North Dakota; sister-in-law Arlene (Darrel) Ehlers of McHenry, North Dakota; many cousins, nieces, and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Don was preceded in death by his wife Sally on October 30, 2019; his parents; brother Darrel Ehlers; a grandson Dylan Ehlers; a granddaughter Cassidy Cook; a son-in-law Morgan Cook; brother and sister-in-law Ray “Mac” and Teresa McLaughlin; brother-in-law John Fosheim; and great nephew, Brennan Ehlers.

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.

A come and go viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 29, at St. William Catholic Church in Midland.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, at St. William Catholic Church in Midland with Father Gary Oreshoski as celebrant. Due to the CDC and church guidelines the mass is limited to immediate family only, but you are welcome to watch the live streaming of the service from the Rush Funeral Home website at. www.rushfuneralhome.com.

Interment with military honors will be held immediately following the funeral service at the Midland Cemetery. Anyone is welcome to take part in the funeral procession starting at 11 a.m. from St. William Catholic to the cemetery. All are welcome to join the family for the graveside service. The graveside service will also be live streamed.


Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.


Phone number: 605-347-4455
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