David Lee Ehrig, 79, passed away Tuesday, May 2nd in Mercy Hospice Care of Durango after a 5 year long battle of Stage 4 cancer.
Born September 20th, 1943 in Gonzales, Texas to Helmuth and Alma Ehrig, he was the oldest of three boys. Upon graduating from Southwest Texas State, Dave started his 21 year career in the Air Force, getting a master’s degree in economics and serving as a missile launch officer, instructor at the Air Force Academy, and communications and electronic officer. With his wife, Glenda, he raised his two sons, Gregory and Daniel.
Upon retiring from the military, Dave became a financial planner and facilitated Financial Peace courses at his church. In 1996, he and Glenda moved to Durango and began a new adventure in life raising and adopting a toddler nephew, Ryan, when his brother Ronnie, and wife passed away in an auto accident. Dave’s true joy came from his family and faith in Jesus Christ. He loved giving to others both financially and by organizing groups like the Sitzmarkers (a children’s ski club in Stuttgart Germany), and Promise Keepers accountability groups for men in Albuquerque and Durango. He cherished all the relationships he made through these groups. He enjoyed skiing, hiking, camping, kayaking, and especially traveling with beloved friends and family. As president of his high school class, he presided over class reunions every five years up to the sixtieth this past fall. He also served on the Credit Union of the Southwest board for many years.
Dave is survived by his wife of 55 years, Glenda, and sons Gregory and Ryan and grandsons Benjamin and Arthur of Durango, CO, son Daniel of Albuquerque, NM and step daughter Annette of Cottage Grove, OR. His brother, Kenny resides in Austin, TX with his family. A service will be held on Saturday, May 20th at 2 p.m. at Summit Church, 2917 Aspen Drive, Durango. Memorial contributions may be made to Sheppard Foundation of Hope, 5612 W. Gulch Dr, Elory, AZ 85131 or to Summit Church, Durango or to Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore KY.