Aug. 23, 1936 — June 17, 2018
John Marshall Erhardt, 81, passed away in his home in Astoria, Oregon, on June 17, 2018. John came into this world in August 1936, the only child of George and Maude (Brew) Erhardt.
Born in Los Angeles, John grew up in California and attended college at what is now California State University; he later earned his master’s degree at the University of Oregon.
A military veteran, John served his country for 41 years in the National Guard. He first served in the California Air National Guard as a captain, then in the Oregon Army National Guard from 1977 to 1996. Fourteen of his 18 years of service in the Oregon Army National Guard was as a training noncommissioned officer first sergeant and was split between the 1249th Engineer Battalion and the 442nd Engineer Detachment.
He spent 19 years working in law enforcement in both California and Oregon, starting with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. John moved to Coos Bay, Oregon, in 1971, where he worked for the Coos County Sheriff’s Department.
He then moved on to the North Bend Police Department, which is where he would meet his wife, Jackie (Conway-Martin), in 1978. They married in July 1982 and spent over 35 years together, raising a blended family.
John was a strong, caring man who loved horseback riding, golfing, and bowling — but most of all, his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son. He is survived by his wife, Jackie Erhardt; his children, Eric (Sherry) Erhardt of Croton, Ohio, Johnny Erhardt of Mendota, Illinois, Mike (Linda) Martin of Seaside, Oregon, Shawn Martin of Vancouver, Washington, and Jessie Erhardt of Seaview, Washington; and his five grandchildren, Hayden, Ethan and Aaron Erhardt and Callan and Marin Martin.
A private family service is planned.
Tributes may be shared online by visiting hughes-ransom.com and signing the memorial guest book.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the American Cancer Society.