In Loving Memory
Lewis James Ehardt
4/19/1936 - 11/4/2011

Lewis James Ehardt, 75, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2011 with his family by his side.

He was born April 19, 1936 in Montevista, Colorado to Peter Harold Ehardt and Sarah Susie Lentz.  He attended school in Colorado and Alaska.  He was drafted into the army and served from 1958-1960 as a paratrooper in Laos.

Before it became a state, he worked in the Alaskan territory as a pilot and professional hockey player.  He was the sheriff of Montevista, Colorado. He worked for the Department of Agriculture for 35 years before retiring in 1996.

He married Shelia Coburn on September 14, 1963 and later divorced.  They had three children.

In 1985, he coached a Babe Ruth 14-15 year old team that went to the Word Series in Jamestown, New York and took 5th in the nation.  His son Greg was a pitcher on the team.

On March 19, 1996, he married Jo-Ann Fielding.  They lived in Shelley, and later moved to Idaho Falls, spending winters in St. George, Utah.

He enjoyed golfing, horseback riding, sports, and spending time with his family, including many years coaching his children.

He is survived by his wife, Jo-Ann, his children, Barbara, Lewis Jr. (Leslie), and Gregory (Susan), four brothers, Leroy, Charles (Linda), Larry (Loretta), and Paul (Nancy), his step children, DeAnn (Steven) Thompson, Kurt Fielding, Paul Fielding, and Michael Fielding, 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, November 7, 2011 at Nalder Funeral Home (110 West Oak) in Shelley. The family will receive friends Monday from 12:30 till 1:40 at the funeral home.  Interment will be in the Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery with military rites performed by the David B. Bleak Post 93 assisted by the Idaho Honor Guard.

Online Condolences
From: Gary and Nancy Peterson   Humble Texas
Relationship:  Friend

Dear JoAnn, Thinking of you and your family and sending our love and prayers. Louie was such a warm person to know, a great friend and neighbor to our mother.
Sent:  11/5/2011
From: Ed and Cathie Marohn   Idaho Falls Idaho
Relationship:  Neighbors

I enjoyed knowing Lewis as a neighbor and a fellow golfer. He will be missed.
Sent:  11/6/2011
From: Larry Carlson   Idaho Falls Idaho
Relationship:  Friend

I have known Lou for many years and always said that he was a very humble, honest person. I am going to miss seeing him in Idaho Falls. I am in Utah for the winter and will also miss chatting with him down here. He was a great guy and his children are lucky to have had him as their father. Larry Carlson
Sent:  11/7/2011
From: Barbara Dee Ehardt   Idaho Falls Idaho
Relationship:  Daughter

As Lewis' daughter, I am very grateful to have had him as my father. Growing up I was always told that I was just like him. As a child, one never knows exactly what that is supposed to mean. However, as I have grown older, if I ever could be like him, I would consider it to be a great honor. Dad always had a quiet calm about himself and his "buck up" attitude not only served him well in life, but it allowed him to battle and overcome death when faced with cancer in '96. Though dad was not a religious man, he had more faith than even I ever imagined. He faced his pending death with courage knowing that this was the next step in life. Dad was a tremendous example in so many ways and if you happened to have known him, then you know that about which I speak. Thank you all for your kind words. It is with love that I say good-bye to my dad. Barbara -
Sent:  11/27/2011

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