Jack D. Ehresman
METAMORA - Jack D. Ehresman, 87, of Metamora, IL, died on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.
He was born on May 28, 1933, to John H. and Luella Strickfaden Ehresman in Pekin, IL. Jack married Anna "Ann" S. Mangold on August 10, 1958, in Peoria, IL.
Jack is survived by his wife, Ann of Metamora, IL; son, Douglas Ehresman of Elmhurst, NY; daughters, Susan (Tom) Ausman of Washington, IL, and Nancy (Brian) McKinney of Lakeville, MN; six grandchildren, Marissa Ausman of Portland, OR, Daniel Ausman of Chicago, IL, Kyle, Allison, Madison and Nicole McKinney, all of Lakeville, MN; and cousins, Shirley Walker, Jim and Frank Brecher.
He was preceded in death by his parents and cousin, Betty Jean LeMaster.
After graduating from East Peoria High School, Jack attended Bradley University and received his bachelor's degree in Journalism. He began writing for the Peoria Journal Star while still attending Bradley, and was a writer and editor with them for 45 years. He wrote about many subjects, including local and professional sports teams, and for the last 30 years, hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. Through his writing, he was able to take his readers on many memorable fishing and hunting trips, including Tarpon fishing in Costa Rica, and salmon fishing in Kodiak, Alaska.
Jack was a great story teller and never met a stranger. He leaves behind many friends and family who will miss his great sense of humor, but will treasure the laughs he gave to everyone. Jack loved celebrating life; we often joked he had a birth "week," not day, and that he used the excuse "it was his birthday" for the entire month of May to get what he wanted.
A Christian man, he was the best husband, father, grandfather and friend anyone could ever have. He dearly loved and was deeply devoted to his wife of 62 years, and they loved attending their children's and grandchildren's activities together, spending winters in Florida and camping. A tremendous role model, he was adored by his children and grandchildren, and he could always tease a smile from them even on their worst day.
He was a trustee of Ducks Unlimited and was passionate about wildlife conservation. He was a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, past president of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers, inductee of the Greater Peoria Area Sports Hall of Fame, and charter member of the Illinois Conservation Foundation Outdoor Hall of Fame.
His family would like to thank the staff at Snyder Village and OSF St. Francis Medical Center for all the good care they gave him.
A private family graveside service will be held at Swan Lake Memory Gardens.
Memorial donations in Jack's name may be made to Ducks Unlimited, One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120; the American Heart Association
, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674; or the Hooked on Fishing Park, 1807 N. Main Street, East Peoria, Illinois, 61611.
The family plans to conduct a celebration of his life in the future, when the pandemic is behind us.
For more information or to leave a condolence for Jack's family, please visit www.thewiltonmortuary.com
Published by Peoria Journal Star from Jan. 2 to Jan. 4, 2021.