Kenneth Ehrecke


Kenneth L. Ehrecke, 83, a resident of rural Walcott, died Monday, Aug. 16, 2010 at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 4105 N. Division, Davenport. Burial will take place in the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal with military honors. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. The family invites you to join them for a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Kenneth Leo Ehrecke was born on Oct. 22, 1926 at his family home in Muscatine County, Iowa, a son of William and Marie (Springmeier) Ehrecke, Sr.

Ken proudly served our country in the United States Army, and U.S. Army Reserves; he had a total of 31 years of service and had attained the rank of Lt. Colonel at the time of his retirement.


He was united in marriage to Ella Marie Proske on August 13, 1952. Last Friday they celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary.

Ken was a jack of all trades! During his lifetime, he farmed, was a seed corn salesman, an insurance salesman, a machinist at the Arsenal, and a cook at Hy-Vee for 14 years. He was an active parishioner at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, he served on the school board, parish council and was a trustee for six years.

Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Victory Building Fund, Maysville Volunteer Fire Department, and Camp Courageous.

Ken is survived by his loving wife, Ella, Walcott; children and their spouses, Frank Ehrecke, Davenport, Chris and Jim Green, Long Grove, Kathy and John Van Maanen, Davenport, Steve and Julie Ehrecke, Dixon, Anne and Michael Hunter, East Moline, and Beth Ann Ehrecke, Davenport; grandchildren, Joe (Liz) Ehrecke, Melissa (Mark) Heinrich, Ashley Ehrecke, Bronson Volk, Christopher (Jenny) Green, Emily (J.B.) Ruiz, Gabriella Green, Danielle (Dustin) Waters, Vaughn (Jordan) Ehrecke, Mitchell Hunter and Andrew Hunter, six great-grandchildren; brothers, Bill (Carol) Ehrecke, Jr., Blue Grass and Vernon (Marie) Ehrecke, Davenport; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and their wives. May they rest in peace. Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Mr. Ehrecke’s obituary at

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