Ty Avery Ehlinger
June 20, 1997 – August 6, 2019
Ty Avery Ehlinger passed away unexpectedly in Houston, Texas on August 6, 2019 at the age of 22. Ty was born on June 20, 1997. He graduated from Foster High School in Richmond in 2015 and from Wharton County Junior College in 2019 with a degree in paralegal studies and high honors. He will be remembered for his ever changing hair, love for Green Day and My Chemical Romance, appreciation of punny memes and The Office, sweet smile, ability to spot fake Yeezys, enthusiasm for super cars and Top Gear, passion for justice, and his sensitive nature.
Ty leaves behind to cherish his memories parents John and Dawn Ehlinger, brother J, sister Julia, grandmothers Janice Ehlinger and Judy McKaye, uncle James Ehlinger, aunt Amber Duke, best girl Kitty, and cousins, extended family, and wonderful friends.
A memorial and celebration of his life is scheduled for Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 2pm at The Settegast-Kopf Co. @ Sugar Creek, 15015 Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land, with a reception to follow. Family and friends are invited to wear red to honor Ty's love for the Houston Rockets. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Shatterproof, www.shatterproof.org, which works to end the stigma of addiction, supports legislation to improve treatment access, and funds research into science based interventions.
Tributes, memories, or words of condolence can be left at www.settegastkopf.com
- Memorial Service Saturday, August 17, 2019
Ty Avery Ehlinger
August 25, 2019
Just want to say that I love you so very much and I'm going to miss your texts and calls .. You will always be my Ty Baby...
Love your aunt Amber
August 23, 2019
My heart aches for you. From these messages I can see that Ty was a much loved, special young man who left a deep hole in the hearts and lives of his family and friends. My wish for you is that someday, when you think of your precious son, a smile will precede the sadness. Peace to you and yours.
Bernie Sullivan (phillygirl)
August 17, 2019
My deepest condolences to Dawn and the family and friends of Ty. This is such a devastating loss. I hope that in time the love and memories will bring you comfort. My thoughts are with you. Peace.
August 16, 2019
I will not deny that I had a sweet spot for Ty Avery Ehlinger. When I met him, he was part of the junior high "boy gang" that included my son. He was a mop-topped brooding mystery who had that "it" factor--the one that had the girls swooning. He looked like a young rock star. When I could see his face (LOL) under his long, purposely unruly hair, I was struck by his beauty and fragile handsomeness. But I also sensed a sadness and pain behind his haunting eyes.
From around seventh grade and all the way into college, these boys were musical compatriots. They sang in the choir, they played various instruments, and they formed numerous rock and roll bands. All of us parents hosted the music and sleepovers, watched our group perform, graduate and go off to college together--but we also suffered through girl drama, band break ups, and other life changing events. Over the years, we celebrated their triumphs and cried over their challenges. They were the rare group of friends who stayed together after high school.
I feel a strong connection to all of these boys who became like adopted children for us, and something about Ty always drew me in. I never stopped asking about him. I worried about him, and while I didn't know the depth or details of his struggles, I knew that he had a sensitive spirit and an open heart that made him vulnerable.
I will miss you Ty. I will think of you every time I see Cameron, Scott, Jake and Mike play music. I will think of you every time I hear Green Day. My heart is broken for your family, but I will try to remember that you are safe and at peace now.
August 15, 2019
Dawn and family,
I am so very saddened to hear of the loss of your son. May all the memories bring you eventual comfort and may his journey be filled with light and love...
Peace be with you...
-Kim Fiebig (RHW)
August 14, 2019
Ty was such an educated and creative young man. We didn’t know each other very long but we shared the same music interests like my chemical romance and such. I remember the first time I saw his MCR tattoo. I had to take a picture to show my daughter. Gone way too soon!
August 13, 2019
I didn’t know Ty but knew his mom Dawn. I just wanted to offer my condolences to Ty’s family and friends. I am truly sorry. Sending light and love from Virginia .
Jennie ( ivygrl23)
August 13, 2019
So sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathy.
August 12, 2019
I was his girlfriend for a couple of years. We had split in December...I remember Ty through many things; his love for Houston, his love for Green Day and My Chemical Romance, his love for Lil Peep and how easy it was for him to spot fake Yeezys. He was one of the kindest souls i’ve ever met, and I remember how funny he was and how intelligent he truly was. He was human and he made mistakes as we all do, but those didn’t define him. He was in it for the long haul. The days where we’d see each other were most cherished. I was loved and cared for by him at any given time. Sometimes we wouldn’t see eye to eye, but in the end, we both loved each other. I never thought this day would come where I would have to say goodbye to him. The last time I saw him, he gave me his Houston Rockets shirt, one of his favourites and I will always think of him when I wear it. I miss you Ty, thank you for all you’ve done for me. I love you.
August 12, 2019
You will be perpetually 8 years old to me. I will cherish the memories of you sitting in my lap with bare feet, dirty from playing outside. I didn't know you as an adult but I know how much your mom, dad, aunt and grandmother absolutely adored and love you. You were a sweet little boy. I pray you are healed from the pains of this world as you enter the beauty, love and and wholeness of the life everlasting waiting for you in heaven. Until we meet again sweet boy.
August 10, 2019
Ty had a beautiful soul and although I didn’t know him for long, he will be missed
August 9, 2019
Ty was a great friend who never judged me for anything I said, or thought, or felt. He encouraged me to get help for my suicidal tendencies and now, because of him, I prioritize my mental health. We talked almost daily and even though he knew I was asleep, he would send me the same text every night. “Hey you”.
He taught me a different way to love. He taught me forgiveness. My world is turned upside down without him here. He was loved immensely. He loved immensely.