Dr. Douglas Hillman Ehleben, 78, of Rock Island died Sunday, Oct. 5 at his residence.
He was born Oct. 30, 1935, in Mayfield, Ky., and was a retired dentist serving the local community for several decades, a U.S. Army veteran, an active member of First United Methodist Church where he served as Sunday school teacher, delivered Meals on Wheels, served on several medical mission trips, and had many talents including painting, photography, stained glass production, enjoyed the outdoors, and hiking. Dr. Ehleben was preceded in death by parents William and Irma Douglas Ehleben.
Survivors include his wife Jan VonAlmen Ehleben; their children, Alice (Grady) Parton, Laura (Frank) Avila, and Mark (Robyn) Ehleben; grandchildren, Jason (Ellen) Ehleben, Joseph (Rachel) Ehleben, Nathan McCormick, and Douglas Parton; three great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren; brothers, Donald Ehleben and Billy Ehleben; and special nephew Martin (Amy) VonAlmen.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Outreach Building of First United Methodist Church in McMinnville. Dr. Douglas Pennington and Rev. Larry C. Layne will officiate. The Ehleben family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home and again Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Outreach Building of First United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Prayer Shawl Ministry or to the Good Neighbor Program, both in care of First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Main Street, McMinnville, 37110. Online condolences may be made at www.mcminnvillefuneralhome.com.
McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Oct. 8, 2014