OBITUARY

Robert C Ehling

June 17, 1937January 22, 2019
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Our beloved husband and father Robert C. Ehling (Bob, or “Mr. E”) passed suddenly and unexpectedly on January 22 after a long illness. Entrepreneur, benefactor, raconteur and rogue, he will be sorely and deeply missed.

Bob was born and raised in Jersey City by his father Ernest, a beat patrolman, music teacher and Mason, and his mother, Violet, a homemaker. Bob worked from an early age as a bicycle messenger for Western Union and a delivery boy for a butchery. He was an avid outdoorsman, beginning with hunting, fishing and trapping the Meadowlands.

Bob attended Rutgers University’s Engineering Program on a mathematics scholarship but did not graduate, choosing marriage and a career in electronics contracting over further academic pursuits. He started, bought and sold several small electronics businesses, specializing in analog instrumentation and serving customers including the US Government, AT&T, and the greater Bell System, building and selling items such as volt/ohm/ammeters for telephone line repairmen, as well as panel instruments for locomotives, combat aircraft, surface to air missile systems, and the M-1 Abrams tank. Having never really retired, Bob was still an active consultant to Custom Metering, one of his first businesses, at the time of his death. He was also an ardent gardener, specializing in heirloom tomatoes, and a real estate investor, and manager of commercial properties.

Bob moved his family to Sparta in 1963 for a better quality of life. He was very fond of our town and its people, an active member of the community, and a benefactor and contributor to local causes, including Sparta’s student athletes and our VFW. He was also active in municipal politics, advising candidates for local office including our former Mayor, Jerry Murphy.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Helen, three sons (William, Richard, and Robert D.), their spouses (Helen, Michel, and Monika) and three grandsons (Zachary, John, and Finn). In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s name can be made to VFW Post #7248, 66 Main St, Sparta Township, NJ 07871.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held later this year, most likely in early summer.

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, January 28, 2019
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Marlene Kostka

February 6, 2019

Dear Helen, Bill, Bob and Rick....so many years saw the successes of the Ehling Family at Sparta High School, and I was one so proud of all of the accomplishments. Your father was your mentor, taskmaster, counselor, and source of pride. You all walked carefully in his footsteps, and his sense of humor became most apparent in young Bill. May your father rest in a peace and eternity he certainly deserves.

Craig A. Nemecek

January 24, 2019

Mr. Ehling was a force! What a wonderful opportunity in my life to have known him. He always had a job somewhere in town for Bob and I to work, learn and make money- from house painting, to roofing, to landscaping, sign painting, and more. I recall the list he would leave with Bob of jobs around the house for Bob to do for earnings so that Bob could concentrate on studies instead of working somebody's outside hours for money. When I moved to Iowa after finishing High School Mr. Ehling gave me the name of a contact at JI Case. While I went off to college, my brother contacted the man, and got a great job. Mr. Ehling looked out for people. When my brother would drive us to varsity football games when we were freshmen, Mr. Ehling came out to give gas money when we picked Bob up. When I was invited over for Mrs. Ehling's home made pizza night, Mr. Ehling's jokes ruled the meal! When we were of age, his refrigerator was always stocked with bottles of Heineken's to go with our pizza. A fondest memory is playing pillow tag in the Ehling's living room with Bob, Rickey, and Mr. Ehling as we all laughed endlessly as Mr. Ehling chased us high schoolers around the sofas while trying to balance a sofa pillow on his head. The photos provided by the Ehling family capture perfectly the joy of life that Mr. Ehling brought to every moment I ever knew him! What a joy is was to have known him!

robert Morris

January 23, 2019

Robert or Bob , You were an original! The stories that I could recount are numerous and glorious tales; some would barely require any embellishment . I have ties that you cut in half, store bought corn that you taped to my garden stalks, one-arm push up contests, bets and more bets...oh and the beers I had to buy you for my bad tee shots. Thanks for all the memories, the mentoring, the laughs. Love Bob Morris

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Biography

Our beloved husband and father Robert C. Ehling (Bob, or “Mr. E”) passed suddenly and unexpectedly on January 22 after a long illness. Entrepreneur, benefactor, raconteur and rogue, he will be sorely and deeply missed.
Bob was born and raised in Jersey City by his father Ernest, a beat patrolman, music teacher and Mason, and his mother, Violet, a homemaker. Bob worked from an early age as a bicycle messenger for Western Union and a delivery boy for a butchery. He was an avid outdoorsman, beginning with hunting, fishing and trapping the Meadowlands.
Bob attended Rutgers University’s Engineering Program on a mathematics scholarship but did not graduate, choosing marriage and a career in electronics contracting over further academic pursuits. He started, bought and sold several small electronics businesses, specializing in analog instrumentation and serving customers including the US Government, AT&T, and the greater Bell System, building and selling items such as volt/ohm/ammeters for telephone line repairmen, as well as panel instruments for locomotives, combat aircraft, surface to air missile systems, and the M-1 Abrams tank.
Having never really retired, Bob was still an active consultant to Custom Metering, one of his first businesses, at the time of his death. He was also an ardent gardener, specializing in heirloom tomatoes, and a real estate investor, and manager of commercial properties.
Bob moved his family to Sparta in 1963 for a better quality of life. He was very fond of our town and its people, an active member of the community, and a benefactor and contributor to local causes, including Sparta’s student athletes and our VFW. He was also active in municipal politics, advising candidates for local office including our former Mayor, Jerry Murphy.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Helen, three sons (William, Richard, and Robert D.), their spouses (Helen, Michel, and Monika) and three grandsons (Zachary, John, and Finn).
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s name should be made to VFW Post # 7248, 66 Main St, Sparta Township, NJ 07871.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held later this year, most likely in early summer.