Kenneth “Kenny” Dale Ehrig, 75, went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 8th at Live Oaks Estates of Austin, surrounded by his family, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. He was born January 28th, 1948, in Gonzales, Texas to Helmuth and Alma Breitschopf Ehrig, he was the youngest of three boys.
Kenny was a 1966 graduate of Gonzales High School. He followed his brother, Ronnie Ehrig, playing football for The University of Texas. He was a senior on the Longhorns’ 1969 National Championship football team and earned his degree in business. Kenneth was a senior pharmaceutical representative, awarded as a top salesman, and was a favorite with all the doctors.
He met his wife, Nancy, while she was working for her father, Dr. James M. Graham. They married on September 2, 1978. They raised their children in Austin and have immensely helped their daughter Susan raise her own sons.
Kenny is remembered for his steadfast loyalty, deep love of family, kindness, playful sense of humor, and sweet personality mixed with his German stubbornness. He was always ready to help anyone and tried to put a smile on everyone’s face. He was the kind of neighbor who would stop and chat with anyone, would mow your lawn, and would pump out flooding in everyone’s yards after rains. He was beloved by every dog he met, and he adored and doted on the family’s two sets of twin dachshunds for the last thirty years. Kenny was a wonderful father and Opa, and he loved supporting his children and grandchildren’s activities and interests. Education was very important to him, and he helped in providing many opportunities for them. He especially loved continuing faith, heritage and athletic traditions with his family. Kenny was a member of Hermann Sons, T Association, and the First United Methodist Church.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, David Lee Ehrig and Ronald Louis Ehrig.
Kenny is survived by his wife of 45 years, Nancy Graham Ehrig of Austin; sons Kenneth Jason Ehrig and wife Desiree of Marble Falls; Kevin Graham Ehrig and wife Nickie of Kyle; daughter Susan Denise Ehrig Thonhoff of Austin; 8 grandchildren, Emily Day Ehrig, Luke Helmuth Ehrig, Charlee Grace Ehrig and Heidi Adelle Ehrig; Roland Helmuth Thonhoff and Raimund Hugo Thonhoff; Tilda James Ehrig and Grayson Jacob Ehrig. Sister-in-law, Glenda Griffith Ehrig; of Durango, CO, nephews Gregory David Ehrig and Ryan Austin H. Ehrig of Durango, CO, Daniel Paul Ehrig of Albuquerque, NM, aunt Gertrude Ehrig Iley of Gonzales, and many dearly loved cousins.
A visitation will take place on Friday, September 22, 2023, at Seydler – Funeral Home in Gonzales, Texas from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at First United Methodist Church in Gonzales, Texas at 10:00am. Services will be conducted by Rev Dr. Matt J. Pennington.
Interment will be at Gonzales Hermann Sons Cemetery. Pallbearers include Steve Ehrig, Greg Ehrig, Dan Ehrig, Bo Ehrig, Jack Ehrig, Michael Ehrig, and Keeton Ehrig.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Gonzales, Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice.
All services are under the care and direction of Seydler – Hill Funeral Home.