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John E. Ehleiter, Jr.

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On December 28, 2017 @ 2:31 pm In Obituaries | 11 Comments

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On Thursday, December 28, 2017, Lancaster native John E. Ehleiter, Jr. passed away at the age of 79. He will be remembered fondly by the students he met in 38 years of teaching, his truest passion; and by the many organizations to which he gave charitably, most notably his beloved alma mater, Franklin & Marshall College.

He is survived by his wife, Deb, son Jake (and daughter-in-law Laura Kratz), and children Jim, Kristina, and Julie from a previous marriage. He is also survived by his sister Joan, and many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.

In keeping with John’s wishes, there will be no viewing or service. Those who so desire may make donations in memory of John to Organization for Responsible Care of Animals (ORCA), 401 East Orange St., Lancaster PA 17602.

Condolences for the family of “John E. Ehleiter, Jr.”

Condolence from Dave Royer on December 29th, 2017 8:25 am

We offer our condolences to “Butch’s” family. Butch, Joan, Doris and John Sr. were fabulous and caring neighbors on Fremont Street.

Dave and Betty Royer (formerly of 1210 Fremont St.)

Condolence from Mike Iannicelli on December 29th, 2017 4:18 pm

If memory serves, my seventh grade class at Lancaster Township Junior High was Mr. Ehleiter’s first teaching job after college. We were an active group and John’s enthusiasm in his subject matter was contagious. I remember creating a “newspaper” written as if we were citizens of the Roman Empire. It was a great way to channel our energy and actually learn the material.

Several of my former LT classmates had visited John at home in October during a McCaskey class reunion weekend and enjoyed reminiscing. As a fellow F&M alum, I extend my condolences to all of John’s family.

Condolence from Ellen Simpson on December 29th, 2017 8:24 pm

Dear Deb and Jake – I will never forget when Jake arrived at LCDS and I was so happy to meet all of you, knowing that John had taught my brother, Pete, at LT, but had left right before I arrived there. Peter had loved John as a teacher and as I got to know John through various LCDS events, I quickly understood why. Warm, caring, interesting and interested. Gosh, it was my privilege to know him. Sending all the Ehleiters my love and deepest sympathy.

Condolence from Peter and Sue Cartier on December 30th, 2017 2:32 pm

The end of an era for his fellow grad students at Wesleyan. He will be remembered by many and missed by all as well!

Our regards to all who knew John.

Condolence from Petrina Reese on December 30th, 2017 3:09 pm

Although it’s been many years since we’ve seen you, we will always remember the kindness you and John showed us in working with us to allow us to buy our first home on Martha Avenue in Grandview Heights from you in 1983. John was such an interesting and honorable man and we are grateful to have known him.

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Bob and Trina Reese

Condolence from John and Jeanne Bomberger on December 31st, 2017 3:08 pm

Dear Deb and Jake,

It has been many years since our paths have crossed, we were saddened to read of John’s passing.
We got to know John and Deb years ago when they remodeled their “Country Estate”.
We fondly remember the stories of John sharing his garden bounty with students and friends. And the dogs, we remember all the dogs! And of course the house! All the treasures he found in the renovation process, all of John’s creative projects to have as many bookshelves as possible. We remember him telling stories at the Christmas parties. He always encouraged us with is genuine interest in us and our fledgling business enterprise.
Our deepest sympathy to all of the Ehleiter family.

Condolence from Steve Zander on January 2nd, 2018 2:37 pm

Deb and family, I was so saddened to learn of John’s passing. I had just talked with him the week before at the Lititz Rec. I was one of a group that had great social interaction everytime we met at the gym. We will all remember the almost daily jokes that kept us laughing thru-out our workouts! I also appreciated his political commentary (there was a lot of material) ! Maybe the thing I will always remember which was just two weeks ago, was the smile on John’s face when he told me that the latest scan of the dog’s tumor had not increased in size – he said it was the greatest Christmas present he could have asked for! I will miss him every visit to the Rec. My deepest sympathy to you all, Steve Z.

Condolence from Dr Kenneth Kilgore, Irene and Kathy on January 3rd, 2018 12:10 pm

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Deb and the Ehleiter family over John’s recent passing. We enjoyed his visits to our office. He will be missed and remembered. Lititz Podiatry

Condolence from Karl Schrom on January 4th, 2018 9:44 pm

Mr. Ehleiter taught me Ancient History in Seventh Grade, at LT, which would have been about 1963. He was the best teacher I ever had, the one teacher that still stands out most fondly in my memory. My best wishes to his family, he was a gem.

Condolence from Joyce Hurt on January 7th, 2018 4:19 pm

I am so sorry for your loss, Debbie. I only met John a few times, but I remember that you and he had a wonderful relationship including your son, Jake. Although you and I haven’t seen each other in a number of years, the close ties we all felt at BH are enduring. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Joyce Ash Hurt

Condolence from Jeanne Peters on January 15th, 2018 9:08 pm

Dear Family of Professor John Ehleiter,
I am so sorry to read about the loss of your loved one. Professor Ehleiter was my favorite professor at WCU and I was disappointed when he retired before I could take every class that he taught. There was never a dull moment in his classes.

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