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Olaf Henry Ehlers, age 86, of Stockton, MO, passed away in his home on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, following a long history of heart disease.
Olaf was born on April 29, 1930, in Cole Camp, MO, to John Cord and Lillie (Schnakenberg) Ehlers. He was one of eight children born to this union. His childhood was spent on a farm in Cole Camp. As a young adult, he worked on a farm in Blackburn, MO, where he met the love of his life, Lola Frances Lemen.
Olaf and Lola were married on July 25, 1951, at her parents’ house in Blackburn. They began their life together in Blue Springs, MO, where he worked at Adams Dairy, Borden Dairy, and Lake City Army Ammunition Plant. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2016.
Olaf’s passion for farming led them to relocate in 1956 to the Stockton area, where they established a dairy farm and raised their seven children. He was also proud to have served as a member of NFO and Vanguard Milk Producers for a number of years. In his final days, Olaf was determined to be at home with his family. He left this world peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones.
Olaf knew the value of hard work and instilled this in his children. He was a man of integrity who had an unshakable faith in God and a strong love of family. He relished the many friends he made within the community.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Rufus Ehlers and Eldon Ehlers; sister Elda Mae Holmgren; brothers-in-law Rheinart Brandt, Tom Engle, and Charles Holmgren; sister-in-law Mildred Ehlers; and son-in-law Jim Thompson.
Survivors include his wife Lola Ehlers of the home; his seven children: Gloria Keith and husband Robert of Seneca, MO; Rita Thompson of El Dorado Springs, MO; Connie Bartlett and husband Jerry of Olathe, KS; Stanley Ehlers and wife Jenean of Stockton, MO; Phillip Ehlers of El Dorado Springs, MO; Kathy Bradley and husband Lance of El Dorado Springs, MO; and David Ehlers and wife Danita of El Dorado Springs, MO; grandchildren, Karina Cole and husband Jon of Neosho, MO; Stasia Whitaker and husband Zach of Stockton, MO; Jenny Reynolds and husband Derrick of Colorado Springs, CO; Serena Hicks and husband Robert of El Dorado Springs, MO; Suzannah Phillips and husband Jim of Fair Play, MO; Jordan Ehlers and wife Khrystel of El Dorado Springs, MO; Seth Ehlers and wife Jamie, of El Dorado Springs, MO; Brooke and Grant Ehlers of El Dorado Springs, MO; great-grandchildren, Sophie Huffman; Kiersyn and Finnegan Reynolds; Gabriel Whitaker; McKenzie and Stanton Ehlers; Dalton and Piper Hicks; Carson Ehlers; and Maggie Phillips; Olaf’s siblings: Irene Brandt of Altoona, IA; Idella Engle of Pleasant Hill, MO; Elmer Ehlers and wife Carolyn of Loveland, CO; and Walter Lee Ehlers and wife Verna Mae of Warsaw, MO; and sister-in-law Wanda Ehlers of Overland Park, KS. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews and friends.