Keith E. Ehrke Sr., 73, Woodstock, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at his daughter’s home in Genoa City, Wis., with his loved ones by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Jan 12, 1944, to Norman (Butch) and Arlene Ehrke in Woodstock.
On Sept 25, 1971, he married Judy Kulisek. She preceded him in death in 2011.
He grew up in Woodstock and graduated from Woodstock High School in 1962.
In the ‘70s he worked for the Woodstock Sentinel, then owned KEE’s Auto Detailers for several years, and finally worked for Warner Offset until his retirement. He delivered the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times earlier in his life and the Northwest Herald after his retirement, making many friends on his paper routes.
He was an avid bowler and was on many leagues at Edgetown Bowl. He loved fishing, golfing, going to the racetrack, playing the penny machines, but most of all spending time with his family.
Some of his happiest days were when he married his high school sweetheart, when his children were born, and when his beloved Cubbies won the World Series. He was a longtime member of the Woodstock Moose Lodge.
Survivors include four children, Cindy (Kyle) Horner, Genoa City, Wis., Becky (Matt) Pefley, McHenry, Keith Jr. (Brigid), DeKalb, and Jamie (Chris) Seibert, McKinney, Texas; 18 grandchildren, Steven (Kylara), Joey (Monica), Jordan (Amber) and Kory Horner, Dominic, Mariah, Annileise, Bride, Keira, Eliana, William, Sylvia, and Levi Ehrke, Alaina Zolp, Morgan and Jenna Pefley and Kaleb and Brendan Seibert; four great-grandchildren, Aryia, Chloe, Conner and Emma Horner; two sisters, Linda (Jerry) Stieg and Sandy (John) Wickham, Woodstock; a sister-in-law, Judy McCowan, Woodstock; and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a brother, Roger Ehrke; a nephew, Dean Ehrke; and his father- and mother-in-law, Lloyd and Eileen Kulisek.
Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Woodstock Moose Lodge, 408 Clay St., Woodstock, with a service immediately following.
Memorials can be made to the family in care of Cindy Horner, W155 Hilltop Road, Genoa City, Wis. 53128