Anthony V. Ehmann, “Tony”, of Phoenix, AZ passed away peacefully on January 2, 2023 at the age of 87. Tony was born on September 5, 1935 in Chicago, IL
to Anthony and Frances (Verweil) Ehmann. His family moved to Phoenix in 1945, where he attended St. Mary’s High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State. Tony earned his law degree from the University of Arizona. As a daily communicant, he met his wife Alice at the Newman Center. Tony’s proudest achievement was convincing Alice to marry him in 1959. They moved to Phoenix where together they raised their six children.
Tony was a devout Catholic who belonged to the Order of Malta and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. As a Knight of Malta, he traveled to Lourdes to serve the sick many times including taking each of his six children there to participate. He actively assisted in fundraising to assist local parishes, the sick, and the poor. He attended daily Mass and truly lived his faith with compassion and humility in his daily life.
Tony was a well respected lawyer and recognized across the country for his impact on estate planning and tax law. He practiced law and was a licensed CPA for 52 years before his retirement in 2012. His philanthropic work continued well beyond his retirement. His impact with the Diocese of Phoenix, the Diocese of Gallup, and the Catholic Community Foundation (of which he was a lifetime board member) was inspirational. His position as an active member of numerous boards, including the Boy Scouts of America, Arizonans for Children, and St. Vincent de Paul will long be remembered. Tony was active in the Boy Scouts of America for decades, including eleven years as the well respected Scoutmaster for Troop 329, 40 years as the Council Financial Chairman, the Theodore Roosevelt Council president from 1987-88, and member of numerous boards on the National and Council level. He was the longest tenured member of the Council Executive Board. The awards and recognitions he was presented with from various organizations are far too numerous to list.
Tony had the heart of an explorer. He shared his love of the outdoors with his family with numerous camping trips in the White Mountains. These extended throughout his life to include his grandchildren. He also enjoyed exploring other cultures which included travels through Mexico, Canada, and Europe. On the international family trips, he always enlisted the aid of tour guides to ensure that there was educational value and was sure to visit the local churches.
Tony is survived by Alice Aviña Ehmann, his wife of 63 years, and their six Children, Ann Marie (Greg Shen), Tom (Mylen), Jerry (Cathy Mikkelson), Greg, Rose (Tom Knapp), and Rob (Donna) and 26 grandchildren – Andy, Elizabeth, Gerard, Timothy, Mary Clare, Katherine, John, Christina, Victoria, Alexandra, Jordan, Bobby, Danny, Aleena, Natalia, Gabriela, Joe, Katrina, Therese, Alexia, Molly, Isabelle, Jack, Joy, Chad and McKenna. He is also survived by his siblings Ed (Betsy), Margaret, Jim (Sharon), Marianne (Herve) Lemire, and Joe (Georgia). He was preceded in death by his brother Bernie.
The funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on Saturday, January 14th, at 10:30 am followed by a reception at the Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Catholic Community Foundation in memory of Anthony Ehmann (480-651-8805), St. Vincent de Paul, the Boy Scouts of America, Arizonans for Children, or Honor Health Foundation Research Institute.