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John O. Ehlers

The memorial gathering for John O. Ehlers of Morris, will be held at a later date.

John O. Ehlers, son of John and Olina (Ostrom) Ehlers was born on Aug. 1, 1919 at Douglas, N. D., where he grew up and attended school. He graduated from Douglas High School in 1937, and moved with his family to a farm near Elbow Lake. John was united in marriage to Dagny Elizabeth Sageng on Dec. 7, 1939. The couple made their home on a farm near Barrett. After farming for many years, John made a significant career change and became an owner and chef of a restaurant in Barrett. Dagny died on Dec. 26, 1968. John operated the restaurant until 1970, when he moved to Minot, N. D. and continued his career in the restaurant and food operation industry. John returned to Minnesota, where he lived in Morris and was active in sales and marketing; helping his son with his business in amusement park attractions. In his later years, John was active in auto sales.

In his younger years, John was a member of the Barrett Rifle Club, Erdahl Elks 4-H Club and enjoyed fishing and hunting. In his later years, he was a member of First Lutheran Church at Morris and enjoyed cooking, gardening, and spending time with his family.

John died on Dec. 14, 2010 at the Lakeview Good Samaritan Center in Glenwood. He was 91 years old.

He is survived by two sons, Peter J. (Cheryl) Ehlers, Rowley, Mass. and Steve P. Ehlers, Burbank, Calif.; one daughter, Kathy E. Nigro, Morris; one brother, Arnold (Doris) Ehlers, Elbow Lake; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. John was preceded in death by a daughter, Joan Banken, his parents, four brothers, Nevin "Pete", Jack, Louis and Marvin, and two sisters, Helen and Violet.

Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris was in charge of the funeral arrangements. An online guest book can be signed at