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Sad day on this end.

Discussion in 'Public Safety Divers/Search and Rescue' started by Gary D., Apr 21, 2004.

  1. Gary D.

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    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Post Falls, Idaho
    A PSD before we had them. I knew him well but only after he left the department.

    William P. Ehrmantrout, 73
    Posted: Wednesday, Apr 21, 2004 - 07:58:38 am PDT

    William P. Ehrmantrout, 73, Coeur d'Alene, passed away Friday, April 16, 2004, at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene.

    He was born June 3, 1930, in Bowman, N.D., to Tony and Luella Ehrmantrout. As an infant, the family moved to Bonners Ferry, where Bill spent a lot of time with his brothers and sister playing and swimming in the Kootenai River. Bill went to school until the eighth grade, when he quit to work on an uncle's farm.

    At the age of 17, Bill lied about his age to go into the Navy and served from 1947 until 1978, moving up through the ranks and retiring as a master chief gunnersmate. Bill served during World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam, proudly putting many ships into commission and receiving plenty of military honors.

    In 1950, Bill married the love of his life, Grace Landenburg. Together they had five children, of whom he was very proud.

    Upon his retirement, they moved to Coeur d'Alene to be closer to family. In 1968, he became the first chief marine deputy and diver for the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department. Bill patrolled all the lakes in the North Idaho area and knew them like the back of his hand.

    Upon leaving the Sheriff's Department, he went to work driving school bus for the Coeur d'Alene School District. Until his retirement in 1988, Bill had an ability to draw people to himself with his sense of humor and great stories.

    He will always be remembered for his unconditional love for his family.

    Bill loved the outdoors and being able to hunt, fish and camp, and also loved sitting in his flower garden with his wife. In the past few years, one of his favorite things to do was go on "treasure hunts" at St. Vincent de Paul and flea markets.

    Bill is survived by his wife of 53 years, Grace, at home; his children and their spouses, Vivian Horn and E.T. Manix, Austin, Texas; Marla Villegas, Omak, Wash.; William Jr. and Julie Ehrmantrout, Rathdrum; Cheryl Ehrmantrout, Coeur d'Alene; Tammy and Tim Selander, Hayden; brothers Gene, Bonners Ferry, Dale and Milo, both of Spokane; sister Donna Ziadeh, Pennsylvania; 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Bill's uncanny way of telling stories will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

    Funeral service will be 11 a.m. April 22 at Yates Funeral Home, Coeur d'Alene Chapel, who is in charge of arrangements.

    Please visit Bill's memorial and sign his online guestbook at www.yatesfuneralhomes.com.

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