Donald C. Ehrat (1928 - 2015)

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Donald C. Ehrat, 87, of rural Shobonier, passed away at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Augsburg Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Shobonier, with the Rev. Josh Frazee officiating. Burial will be in the Augsburg Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Shobonier. Visitation will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday and one hour before services on Wednesday, both at the church. Memorials: Ausgburg Immanuel Lutheran Church, American Parkinson Disease Association or Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care Activity Fund. Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at
Mr. Ehrat was born on June 13, 1928, at home in rural Shobonier, the son of Albert and Ella (Beckmeier) Ehrat. He married Emily M. Summann on Jan. 19, 1963, at Augsburg Immanuel Lutheran Church.
He attended Heckathorn and Augsburg schools until eighth grade. He entered the U.S. Army in the fall of 1954 and was discharged in the fall of 1956.
Together, Don and his wife, Emily, continued the family business, being third-generation dairy farmers. Don was a lifetime member of Augsburg Immanuel Lutheran Church, a member of American Legion Post 380 and a member of the Illinois Holstein Association, which once honored him with the Senior Breeder Award. Don loved to bowl, and over the years, he was active in leagues at Vandalia Bowl. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, so much so that he and Emily enjoyed going to Jupiter, Fla., to watch the Cardinals during spring training. But more than the Cardinals, he loved his grandchildren; you would often see him in the stands watching their sporting events or at their music recitals – he was a wonderful grandfather.
He is survived by his wife; sons, Mark Ehrat and his wife Lisette, and Keith Ehrat and his wife Sandy, both of Shobonier; grandchildren, Braden Ehrat of Champaign, Ella Ehrat and fiancé John Doyle of Decatur, and Paige Ehrat of Shobonier; sister, Marcella and her husband Sherwin Albrecht of St. Peter' sisters-in-law, Eileen Ehrat of St. Peter and Valeria Ehrat of Vandalia; brother-in-law, Charles Kruenegel of Shobonier; and sister-in-law, Ruth Summann of Shobonier.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Omar Ehrat and Fred Ehrat; sister-in-law, Iris Kruenegel; and brother-in-law, Paul Summann.
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Published in The Leader-Union from Apr. 11 to Apr. 20, 2016
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