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  Update Membership | Ranger Rings | News Letter: Second Quarter 2015

Michael David. Ehrke July 14, 2015

Ehrke, Michael David, July 3, 1945 - July 14, 2015. Rosary, Sunday, July 19th, 5 PM. Funeral Mass Monday, July 20th, 11 AM. both St. Thomas Aquinas Church. The most brilliant light that was Michael was extinguished Tuesday, July 14th, 2015. Michaels baritone voice, his musical talent, a die-hard fan of blue jeans rock n' roll with the accent on the 2/4 beat is what defined him. Michael was a renowned local musician and a member of the Soule Survivors and Sawdust Charlie.

With his brilliant mind, generous spirit, beautiful script, wicked sense of humor, love of Mexican food and all dogs, he will be remembered as a fiercely loyal son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He proudly served his country in the US Army 1966-1968, serving in Vietnam,  LRRP  Detachment

of 196th LIB, Company E 51st Infantry LRP, member of Company G (Ranger) 75th Infantry Association. As a professional safety and health consultant in the roofing industry, Michael established and was Executive Director of "SHARP", the Safety and Health Agenda for Roofing Professionals (retired). He was preceded in death by his father, John F. Ehrke and numerous canine companions. Michael is survived by his beloved wife Mary; daughters Adrienne (John Hackwith-Great Falls, MT) and Camryn (Wichita, KS);

sons John Aaron (Amy-Overland Park, KS) and Jordan (Wichita, KS); mother Sarah Patricia Ehrke (Sandy, UT); sisters Sheryl Ivey (Bob-Cottonwood Heights,
UT) and Jan Dixon (Greg-Olathe, KS); brother Kip (Cottonwood Heights, UT); grandsons Luke and Blake (Overland Park, KS); dogs Angel and Dexter;
in-laws; nieces and nephews; countless friends. In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to the Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside St, Wichita, KS 67220 or Paws for Veterans, 1900 S. Harbor City Blvd., Ste 106, Melbourne, FL 32901.

The world is greatly diminished with his leaving for another. In the end his huge loving heart failed him, leaving our hearts broke, but we find comfort in knowing that his soule survives. Downing & Lahey East Mortuary.




County Inn & Suites Mall of America

Bloomington, Minnesota

 Everyone will enjoy the Bloomington-Mall of America area for the reunion since it is central to places our group plans to visit (Fort Snelling Cemetery, Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, Mall of America, etc.). 

The Country Inn & Suites Mall of America is located directly across the street from the Mall of America, only a 5-minute walking distance via the new skyway that crosses over Killebrew Drive! 

The hotel offers complimentary hot, buffet style breakfast every morning from 6:00AM – 9:30AM (weekdays) and 6:00AM – 10:30AM (weekends).  Two restaurants are connected via hallway to the hotel as well: TGI Friday’s and IHOP.

Optional arrival/departure dates with pricing:

Thursday, September 10, 2015 thru Sunday departure, September 13, 2015

There are 10 handicapped rooms; 4 have roll in showers.

Rate:  $111.00 (Rate does not include 14.275% state and city taxes) for a King Suite with Sleeper Sofa or Standard Guest Room with 2 queens.

 **Guests may book 3 days prior to the arrival date, and 3 days post the departure date and will receive the same group rate.

The hotel’s direct line (952) 854-5555 and/or reservation line (800) 456-4000. Make reference to LRRP Ranger Reunion.

Click   HERE    for website where guests can book online.

You may also click the direct web address sbelow:

Room Details: 

Room types:

•Standard Guest Room with 2 Queen Beds OR

•King Suite; King Bed and a sofa sleeper

Included in your stay are the following amenities: 

* Free Parking

* Complimentary airport shuttle service is available 24-hours.

* Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Mall of America at the top of every hour from 10AM to 11PM.

* Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet that consists of hot and cold cereal, fruit, yogurt, bread items and pastries, coffee, cocoa, milk, tea. There are a few hot items as well that include: freshly made waffles, either scrambled eggs or omelets, and sausage patties, daily.

* Complimentary wireless internet throughout the hotel

* Microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board in every room.

* The Mall of America is just across the street, a 5-minute walking distance via the brand new skyway that crosses over Killebrew Drive.

* Breakfast-To- Go is available complimentary if flights leave before 6am.

* The hotel has 2 pools and 2 hot tubs open until 11PM for those under the age 18 and Midnight for adults, 18 and over.

* 24-hour Fitness room

* 2 restaurants attached to the hotel by hallway: TGIFriday’s and a 24-hour IHOP (International House of Pancakes).

Stay tuned for further information.


U.S. Army Rangers Creed

Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and "esprit de corps" of the Ranger Regiment.

Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move farther, faster and fight harder than any other soldier.

Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be. One hundred percent and then some.

Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, my neatness of dress and care for equipment shall set the example for others to follow.

Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.

Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission, though I be the lone survivor.

Rangers Lead The Way!

"Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying who shall I send, and who will go for us?

Then said I, here am I, send me."

Isaiah 6:8



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