David Ihde, photographer, ALS advocate, dies at 59

By on August 27, 2014

ER20140827_CobiIHDEDavidFDavid Frederick Ihde, 59, of Ephrata, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Ephrata Community Hospital.

He was born in Denville, N.J., to the late Frederick and Geraldine (Palmer) Ihde, and shared 30 years of marriage with his wife, Deborah (Mitchell) Ihde.

He was a member of the Akron Church of the Brethren, and the Philadelphia Chapter of the ALS Association. His hobbies included, playing the guitar, singing, golfing, fishing, and canoeing. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren. David was a US Air Force Veteran and served during Viet Nam. He later worked as a professional photographer and owned his own photography studio in Ephrata for many years.

In addition to his wife; David is survived by a daughter: Allison, wife of Michael Irwin of Coatesville; a step-son: Jason, husband of Jamie (Scotten) Usner of Ephrata; two grandchildren: Amelia and Chase Usner; four brothers: Thomas Ihde of Virginia Beach, Va., Mark Ihde of East Stroudsburg, Dan, husband of Sharon Ihde of Bakersfield, Calif., and Steve, husband of Bernadette Ihde of Kansas City, Kansas; three sisters: Louise, wife of Rick Ulan of Passaic, N.J., Rita Clark of Emporia, Kansas, and Theresa, wife of Jim Dougherty of Oak Ridge, N.J.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Akron Church of the Brethren, 613 Main St., Akron. Funeral services will follow at 7:30 p.m., with Pastor Tom Weber officiating. Interment service with full military honors will take place in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, on Aug. 29 at 10:30 a.m., with prompt departure to the cemetery at 9:15 a.m. from Akron Church of the Brethren.

Memorial contributions in David ‘s memory may be made to The ALS Association &tstr; Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002. David was an advocate for ALS research and encouraged people to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has recently swept the nation.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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