Delbert Ehret

Delbert "Dub" Ehret

Thursday, October 4th, 1923 - Thursday, November 14th, 2019
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Delbert G. “Dub” Ehret, 96 long time Atchison resident, passed away peacefully with family by his side on November 14th, 2019.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 22, 2019 at the First Christian Church, Atchison, KS with the Rev. Matt Broxterman officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the ceremony starting at 9:30 am. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Atchison Family YMCA, the First Christian Church or the Mount Vernon Cemetery, they may be sent in care of the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home who has been entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences to the family may be left online at

Dub was born on October 4, 1923, to Fred and Mae (Spilman) Ehret in Saint Jospeh, MO.
Dub shared a birthday with his beautiful bride Marion (Martin) whom he married on June 6th 1950 at Saint Marks Lutheran Church, Atchison, she survives in the home. Dub graduated from the Atchison High School in 1941 he then attended and played football for Saint Benedicts College for two years before being drafted into the Air Force in 1943. In 1946 Dub attended Kansas State University in Manhattan where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He has continued to support the Wildcats throughout his life as a longtime season ticket holder. Dub returned to Atchison in 1949, the local YMCA was in need of help and that’s when he was offered a full time job. Dub gave Marion the choice of moving to South Dakota as originally planned for a job with the VA or to stay in Atchison. They choose to make Atchison their home and he became the Executive Secretary of the YMCA. He retired from the YMCA after 39 years of service in 1988. Dub is most well known as the originator of the “Boundary Waters” canoe trips. In 1958 the first group of Atchison campers, eight youth and two adults went north. Since that time Dub has led more than 650 campers to Ely and on into the “BWCA.” In total, he led over 160 versions of these camping trips making his final trek into his beloved Boundary Waters in 2001. Later in his career he hung up the tents and started taking “fly in” trips with “the older men” staying in cabins at Lake Harris in Ontario. Over 160 adults have experienced this fly in experience. He took his final trip “up north” in 2015, at the age of 91. Dub was a lifelong member of the First Christian Church where he most recently served as Elder Emeritus. He was a member of Rotary Club and School board for 8 years. He enjoyed attending coffee club every morning at McDonalds and lunch with his fishing buddies at Paolucci’s on Tuesdays.

Additional survivors include: a son, Marty (Leslie) Ehret, Wichita and two daughters Nancy (Timothy) Beattie, Olathe and Sara Laurie, Atchison. Eight grandchildren, Beth Galley, Paul Ehret, Megan Day, Bree Ederer, Lindsay Thomas, Whitney Ehret, Brooke Genail, Allison Laurie and sixteen great-grandchildren.

His parents and a daughter Deborah Ehret-Reyes preceded him in death.

Private family burial of cremated remains will be in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Atchison.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 | 9:30am - 11:00am
    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am
    First Christian Church
    301 N 7th
    ATCHISON, KS 66002
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 11:00am
    First Christian Church
    301 N 7th
    ATCHISON, KS 66002
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Matt Broxterman


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Roberta Kreicbergs

Posted at 02:35pm
We would like to send our condolences to Dub's family. Dub was our very 1st boss. We both worked for him at the YMCA as young teenagers. He was so kind and caring. He will always be part of our teenage memories.

Sorry for your loss.
Rhonda (Wolters) & Roberta (Kreicbergs) Wagner

Nicklas, Tiffany, Natalie, Geoff, Hayden, and Peyt

Posted at 09:21pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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David Dyer

Posted at 09:39pm
Marion, Marty, Nancy and Sarah- my condolence to you and your families on the passing of Dub. I was so honored to have followed in Dub’ s footsteps the 4 years I spent as the director. His support and friendship was greatly appreciated.
So few have done so much and left such a positive impact on Atchison . Thank You Dub for so much. May he Rest In Peace and his memory and positive influence live on in all of us who he touched. David Dyer


Posted at 10:05am
A life that touches others goes on forever. Dub is remembered by me as being a kind man who always had time to share a moment during a busy day. He knew no strangers and was generally interested in what was happening in the lives of those in the community and beyond, young and old, rich or poor. He leaves a lasting legacy.

Tom Judge
Weston, FL

David Rains

Posted at 04:49pm
So many found memories of Mr Ehret while growing up. Spent his life in service to the community.... Respect!

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