Jim Ehlers

Jim Ehlers, 69, of Newell died on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 at Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake after a four year long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Evangelical Free Church in Albert City. Burial was in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

James “Jim” Henry Ehlers, the son of Helmuth and Rosella (Gerdes) Ehlers, was born on Dec. 12, 1948 in Storm Lake. Jim attended grade school at Zion Lutheran and graduated high school in 1967 from Albert City-Truesdale. Jim furthered his education by attending Iowa State where he earned an ag degree in farming operations in 1971. 

Jim enlisted in the Army National Guard in January 1969. He served his country for six years before being honorably discharged in 1975. Jim loved his country and was proud to serve.

On Sept. 2, 1972, Jim was united in marriage to Gwen Sather in Franklin, Minn. The couple was blessed with three children: Sonya Lynn, Joel James and Emily Pauline.

Jim was very active in his community and in his church. Jim received a Believer’s Baptism at a pool through Evangelical Free Church in Albert City. He served his church through teaching Sunday School, serving as a Deacon, church chairman and as an Elder. In his community, Jim was an Albert City Legion member and a member of Farm Credit Services of America Board of Directors from 2009-2017. 

In his free time, Jim enjoyed being on the lake, taking motorcycle trips to the Colorado, the Black Hills and traveling with Gwenn to Hawaii and Mexico where he enjoyed seeing God’s beauty. Above all, Jim loved spending time with his family and going to his children’s activities. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 46 years, Gwenn of Newell; children: Sonya (Jeff) Veverka of Overland Park, Kan.; Joel (Brooke) Ehlers of Albert City; Emily (Justin) Rethmeyer of Kansas City, Mo.; brother, Steve (Betty) Ehlers of Newell; sister, Judi Hubbard of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren: Joseph James and Jackson Henry Veverka; Emma Elizabeth Ehlers; Madelyn Pauline Rethmeyer; extended family and friends. 

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Helmuth and Rosella; parents-in-law, Victor and Adelle Sather; and nephew, Joshua Ehlers.