Lawrence Edward Ehlke
1955 - 2020
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January 22, 1955 ˜ December 5, 2020

Lawrence Edward Ehlke took his final checkered flag after being diagnosed with cancer just two months prior to his passing. Lawrence was born and raised in Vancouver, WA; graduating from Fort Vancouver High School in 1973 and continuing his education at Clark College.
Before retiring in 2017, Lawrence spent most of his career as a small business owner/operator in the automotive industry. He successfully managed an auto repair shop and three towing companies with his lifelong business partner and friend, Steve DeGrande.
Lawrence’s knowledge of classic cars was unsurpassed, as he was truly a master in the subject. He was always happy to share what he knew about cars and ready to lend a hand. His second home was the shop he designed and built, where he surrounded himself with cars, parts, and friends.
In the summer, you could find him at the local drag strip, or cruising on the beach in Ocean Park, WA.
Lawrence leaves behind his wife and partner of nearly 30 years, Robin Ehlke; sisters, Angela Rhew, Kay Beauliere and Teri Cox; and over a dozen nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
A private memorial was held in his honor.
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 3, 2021.
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January 10, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
January 10, 2021
One of the nicest guys I ever met. He had a permanent smile. He seemed to love life. The world needs more people like him.
John Nelson
January 9, 2021
LEE was a very nice brother in law, Easy going, willing to help anytime. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Mario Beauliere
January 9, 2021
I have very fond memories of Lawrence. The song Close to You could have been written after meeting him. I had the pleasure of dating him when I was a young, a few words off the top of my head regarding him are: Those piercing blue eyes, that smile, that laugh, he was witty, he was funny, he could carry a tune, he was respectful. He knew what he wanted and took his time to make sure he did it right. I remember meeting his dad once, I loved how all his children stayed close. When Lawrence talked about his sisters it was with love and respect. I remember when he built the shop – it was huge, you knew it would be put to good use. I moved in 1979 and never moved back, I remember driving back to Vancouver and seeing him on the I-5, we saw each other recognized each other, waved with a smile and I took my exit, he rode on. One other memory – I have many is when I threw a rod in my car out in Hockinson, I called him for a tow and he asked me if I wanted to sell my car, I said sure how much? The next time months/yrs later, sure enough on the corner of HW99 and 99, Roger’s Paint in the parking lot was my beautifully restored 1969 El Camino. Priceless, I was so happy to see it with his perfect touch. I was so happy and thankful to see that Kay posted the drive by salute. To Robin, I am so happy that you met and married, I only wish you have 30+ more years together, I am so sorry for your loss. To Angie, Kay, Terri, and his friends, we lost a giant of a man with integrity, wit, charm and love and no void can fill, I am sorry for your loss. I hope he did not break the mold, but it is possible. I know this is long and I pondered to post or not but wanted to pay my respects to him.
Beth Roley Landau
January 8, 2021
I knew Lawrence thru his wife, Robin. My favorite memory of Lawrence, besides his smile and infectious laugh was his quiet wit. He truly had the perfect words to say at the precise time. We have lost a treasure.
Kathleen Olson
January 6, 2021
There are so many memories that both Shaun and I will always cherish from trips to Canada, road trips on our Harleys, beach trips for Rod Run, and spending our Honeymoon/Anniversary cruise together to just name a few. We will always feel blessed to have known him and been able to say he was indeed our friend.
Tammy Siebert
January 4, 2021
Remembering all the great times. You knew how to have fun. Lawrence I miss your laugh!

Angela Rhew
January 4, 2021
Kay,Angie and Terri
So sorry for your loss, didn’t know Lawrence in present times but as a kid ,..I do remember what a fun loving guy he was and very good looking , I had a huge crush on him.
May he Rest In Peace
Love to you !
Carol Rauch
January 4, 2021
You will be greatly missed. It was a pleasure to have known you. Hope you are finally at peace & up with my Uncle Kelly. You will never be forgotten.
Nick Blair
January 3, 2021
I met Lawrence through Angie when he was still in high school i believe, though not close friends i would see him on occasion over the years socially or for a favor which he never seemed too concerned about getting anything in return. In my opinion if more people in this world including myself carried themselves in the calm ,even tempered manner Lawrence lived his life we would all be a lot better off.
Gary Pratka
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