Floyd Ray Ehmann
Longtime Palmer resident Floyd Ray Ehmann, 90, passed away peacefully February 11, 2021, at his home on the Springer System. There will be no services (his wish). His ashes will be buried later this year at Elizabeth Cemetery, Elizabeth, Colorado.
Dad was born September 22, 1930, in Deer Trail, Colorado, and was raised on a farm. At the age of 17 he “talked” his way into the United States Navy (1948-52), where he served as a Naval Airman on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. WASP.
Once out of the Navy, Dad met Josephine Maez. They were married in Golden, Colorado, in 1952.
He worked as a delivery driver for Coors Brewing Company (1953-60) and as a concrete batch plant Superintendent (1960-61) in Golden. After seeing a film of Alaska his cousin Bud Bishop had made, Dad said, “We’re moving to Alaska”. In early 1961, they packed up their three kids and Dad’s 17-year-old cousin, Johnny Ehmann, and made the 17-day “adventure” over the Alcan to Alaska.
Dad lived and worked in Alaska most of his life. He worked for various Alaska construction companies (1961- 65); Hermon Brothers Construction, Palmer (1965-79); and started his own construction company, E & E Construction (1980-92) in Palmer until “retirement” in 1992.
After retiring he moved to Hotchkiss, Colorado, to “get back to his roots” and became a rancher. Dad later moved back to Alaska and spent time commercial fishing until building and moving into his new home on the Springer System. Dad’s favorite things to do in his “spare time” were, hunting, fishing, flying, playing cards, commercial fishing, and ranching. Dad lived and worked in Alaska most of his adult life and was proud to be considered an Alaskan. He was also proud of the hundreds of construction projects, large and small, he completed across Alaska.
He is survived by his brother, Karl Ehmann, and sister-in-law, Jean; son, Floyd (Butch) Ehmann, daughter-in-law, Sharon Ehmann, and grandchildren, Jim, Butch, and Jamie; grandchildren (from daughter Julie Ann Hermon), Leslie, Sam, and Stephanie; daughter, Cheryl Lynn Deland, son-in-law, Ben Deland, and grandchildren, Tom, Tim, and Tiffany; son, Joey Ray Ehmann, daughter-in-law, Linda Ehmann, and grandchildren, Mark and Karl; and numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Floyd was preceded in death by his father, Karl Ehmann, mother, Ula Pearl Rector, sister, Pearl Lakey, and daughter, Judy Ann Hermon.
The family asks that donations be made to Disabled Veterans of America in lieu of flowers.