James Henry Ehlen
1932 - 2013
James Henry Ehlen, of Lyons passed away at his residence on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at the age of 81.
James was born in Racine on Nov. 10, 1932, the son of Albert and Laura Ehlen. He spent his early life in Brighton where he attended grade school and St. Marys High School. He is a veteran of the Korean War
, serving in the Army
. James was married to Margaret Susie Massey on Nov. 8, 1958, at St. Charles in Burlington. After marriage they moved to Lyons and had resided there since 1959. He worked for 10 years for American Motors and was retired from the Walworth County Highway Department as a Highway Patrolman.
James was a member of St. Josephs Catholic Church in Lyons and the Lyons American Legion. He was a member of several card clubs, loved gardening, growing raspberries, going for his daily walks, raising the flag everyday but especially loved spending time with his family and friends.
James is survived by his fiance;e, Karen Chrast of Elkhorn; children, Tim (Ruth) of Clinton, Mary (William) Henningfield of Burlington, Ann (David) Slavin of Lake Geneva, Amy (David) Rouce of Burlington, Chuck (Mindy) of Lyons, Jennifer (Ray) Merlin of Kenosha. James had 16 grandchildren, Heather, Hannah, Heidi, Hilary, Meg, Aaron, Emily, Marie, Earl, Nicholas, Kyle, Bryce, Meta, Becca, Eric and Rachelle, and 8 great-grandchildren; brother, Eugene (Dorthea), Mary Lou (Nicholas) Willkomm, sisters-in-law, Kathy Ehlen, Claire Port, Pat Finley and Ellen Pieters. He is further survived by the Chrast Family.
James was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Laura, his wife Margaret Susie, sister Evelyn Kipp, brothers Fritz, Ray and Richard, sister-in-law Jane Tully and brothers-in-law Joe and Jim Massey.
Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014,
6 p.m. at St. Josephs Catholic Church, 1540 Mill Street, Lyons. Visitation in Church on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, from 3-6 p.m. Private Inurnment will take place at St. Josephs Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. Josephs Catholic Church.
Mealy Funeral Home
225 West Main Street
Waterford, Wisconsin 53185