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Erwin C. Sehlhorst

October 17, 1937 — August 20, 2022

Erwin C. Sehlhorst

Erwin Cornelius “Pete” Sehlhorst

October 17, 1937 — August 20, 2022

A pillar of Delhi Township and devoted family man, Erwin Cornelius “Pete" Sehlhorst, 84, passed away peacefully in his home on August 20, 2022, surrounded by loving family members. Pete was born October 17, 1937, to Harry J. Sehlhorst and Mary W. R. Dietzel. Pete lived his whole life on Faysel Drive, a street named in part for the Sehlhorst family.

In 1955, Pete met Elizabeth “Betty” Lauck. They married May 3, 1958, went on to have four children — Dave, Donna, Dan, and Dale — and were happily married 64 years.

Pete exemplified hard work in his 60 year career as a carpenter and master builder, continuing a storied legacy from his father and grandfather. In 2004, Pete retired as General Manager of Premier Construction after 48 years with the company; he continued to work until 2016. He was known across Greater Cincinnati for his commitment to quality and his talent in executing difficult residential projects. Pete’s planning ability, attention to detail, and analytical mind were key to his success. His three sons followed in his footsteps with successful careers in the construction industry.

Pete, a faithful Catholic all his life, attended weekly Mass since childhood. Loyal and driven, Pete’s steadiness and “can-do” attitude always moved his family, community, and colleagues forward. A man of unimpeachable character, his word was a guarantee that a job would be completed with excellence.

Pete graduated from Our Lady of Victory School and remained a parishioner at Our Lady of Victory Church for his entire life. He attended Elder High School until he went to work to support his family when his father became ill. He completed his education through night classes at Courter Technical High School and the Ohio Mechanics Institute.

One of Pete’s great joys in life was rooting for his children and grandchildren in their athletic competitions, which he attended regularly until the last weeks of his life. He was also an avid fan of Cincinnati sports. Baseball, in particular, always held a special place in Pete’s heart.

To further a passion for antique fire trucks, Pete was a founding member of the non-profit Delhi Antique Club in 1973. Their mission was to refurbish, maintain, and display two fire trucks, as well as planning the Delhi Fireman’s Festival for many years. The flagship 1918 Ahrens-Fox pumper is now on display at the Delhi Township Fire Museum.

Pete volunteered for the Delhi Township Fire Department for 25 years, furthering a long-time family tradition. He served in many roles for the department and attained the rank of Captain.

Pete is survived by his wife, four children, 13 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, all of whom will miss his laughter and sense of humor. Pete’s family is expecting 2 more great-grandchildren in 2022. Pete was predeceased by his parents, his sisters Ruth and Jean, and his brother Harry.

Radel Funeral Service will host a viewing on August 25, 2022, at 9:30 AM. A funeral Mass and Christian burial will follow at Our Lady of Victory Church at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to Delhi Historical Fire Museum Society in his memory.

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