Erich Richard Leo Kuhlman

June 28, 1968 ‒ August 17, 2017

Delaware, Ohio
Formerly of Ypsilanti, Michigan



Erich R. Kuhlman, age 49 of Delaware, Ohio and formerly of Michigan died unexpectedly Thursday, August 17, 2017.

He was born on June 28, 1968 to Richard Kuhlman of Ypsilanti, MI and the late Gretchen (Heurich). A native of Ypsilanti, MI, Erich graduated from the University of Michigan where he was a four year golf team member, lettering twice. A PGA Professional, Erich honed his golf career and experience at both private and public golf clubs in Arizona, Ohio, and throughout Michigan at Great Oaks Country Club, Otsego Club and Resort, Paint Creek Country Club, and Solitude Links Golf Course.  In April of this year he became the head golf professional at Tartan Fields Golf Club in Dublin. During his professional career he was an accomplished player in his own right having played in the PGA Buick Open (2003) and the PGA Professionals Championship (2008).

It was while he was serving as an assistant golf pro at the Knollwood County Club that he met his soon to be wife Kelly Scharf herself, a golf professional.  In 2008 they were married and together would spend the next 5 years associated with The Fortress Golf Course in Frankenmuth, MI, where many lasting friendships remain.

A proud member of the University of Michigan Letterman Alumni Club, he was a huge Michigan fan.  He looked forward to every opportunity to talk Michigan football and treasured time spent attending games in the “Big House”, needless to say he bled maize and blue.

An athlete at heart, whether it was baseball, golf, basketball, or skiing, it came easy for Erich. He also enjoyed reading, playing the guitar, and traveling.

Described as reliable, caring, and passionate, he was gifted with intelligence and honest to a fault. At times a tease, most importantly he was loveable. Happy times spent with his family will never be forgotten.

In addition to his father he is survived by his wife of 9 years Kelly, children Leo and Lydia, sister Alicia Singer (Tom Roen) of Ft. Worth, TX, parents-in-law John and Janine Scharf, extended family, and friends.

Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 26th, 2017 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 201 N. River St., Ypsilanti, MI 48198.

Memorial contributions can be made to Kelly Kuhlman, c/o Huntington Bank, attn: Harlie Akers, 1750 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015. For the benefit of his kids, Leo and Lydia.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • We are reaching out to your family with hugs, prayers, and sadness. We just wanted to let you know we are thinking about you all. May God help you grieve and be strong even at your weakest moments. Words can not express how much we are saddened for you.

    • Ted and I are thinking about you and sending our prayers for healing and well being. If anyone can help those kids it is you. You were a treasure to us here at Shaker CC and know that you will gain strength from your many friends who love you. The Gobles

  • Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Doug & Merri Lemcke

  • My sympathies to you and your children.
    Kelly I’m so sad for your loss, I am praying for you and your family at this difficult time. I know your strong faith and determination will get you through.
    Cathy Goeckel

  • Kelly,
    So sad to hear of the loss of Erich. He was a great Michigan Man. We had so much fun over the last few years helping with the Letterwinners golf outings and other events. Erich made a difference in so many peoples lives.
    May God be with you and your family.

    Bob Stites

  • Kelly and family,
    Sending you our deepest sympathies on your loss.
    May your happy memories sustain you in this sad time.
    Jim and Nancy Schade

  • Kelly and Family,
    We are sending our love and support. Know that there are many like us who care about you and want to help in any way. You are not alone.

    Love and miss you,

  • Kelly,
    My heart goes out to you in the loss of your husband. May God give you strength to help you and your children face this loss and the challenges ahead. Thinking of you in this sad time.
    A warm hug.
    Laima Stede

  • Kelly, we were so saddened to hear of your devastating loss. May your faith and memories sustain and strengthen you in the days ahead. Know that we are thinking of you and saying prayers for your family. Patti and Jim Doyle

  • Oh Kelly I am so sorry to hear of your lose. My heart goes out to you and your children in every way.
    Sandi McBeth
    Twin Lakes student

  • Kelly
    What a shocking and terrible loss for your young family. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers. I cannot even imagine how difficult this is for all of you. I know you have a lifelong faith and hope it will give you the strength you need.

  • Kelly,
    Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of the St. Mary Delaware staff. We are saddened by your loss and are here to support you in any way you may need.
    May God grant you peace and faith at this difficult time.

  • Mr. Kuhlman,
    I really enjoyed knowing you and Erich during my season at Washtenaw C.C. in 1990. You and Erich were really fine gentlemen. Thank you for the friendship. God Bless, hang in there, and Go Blue!!

  • Kelly, Leo and Lydia,
    We are very saddened by the much too early loss of your husband and father. You are in our thoughts and prayers . May you find comfort and support during this difficult time. And know that we miss you and your warm smile here at Shaker.
    Fondly, Jan Hammond and Edward Hemmelgarn

  • Although I didn’t know him, it’s always sad to lose a member of The Michigan Family. Condolences to his family and friends. R.I. P. Fellow Alumni, Jay Strotkamp, Laguna Beach, California. ’72 Michigan. And Go Blue

  • We are so very sorry for your loss, Erich was a great guy and will be missed terribly. Our deepest sympathies to you all in this time of need!

  • Dear Kelly, we are sending you our deepest condolences at this sad time. Please know we are all thinking of you and your children, and you are in our prayers.
    The Lady Drivers of Twin Lakes Golf Club

  • Kelly,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you, Leo, Lydia and your extended family. May your faith, love and support of friends and family give you strength through this most difficult of times.
    Although I only had the pleasure of working with Erich for a short time, it truly was an enjoyable experience. He was a very quick witted, happy go lucky, do anything for you kind of guy especially if you were a Michigan fan! A true professional in more ways than just the PGA title he proudly wore, a wonderful person through and through.
    On behalf of all of us at Paint Creek CC that had the opportunity to know Erich, our sincere sympathy and condolences.

  • Kelly – Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will keep you and your children in our hearts and minds during this difficult time. Sending you hugs and lots of love – Julie and Pat Bernhardt

  • We are very sorry for your loss, Erich was a wonderful person. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family at this difficult time. God bless your family.

  • From the Central Ohio Girls Golf Coaches we just want to say how sorry we are for your loss. You and your children are in our prayers.

  • To the Kuhlman family,
    We want to express our deepest condolences for the passing of Erich. He was a friend and mentor to our son, Jeff Goble, a fellow PGA professional. We kept in touch with his career via his father at Washtenaw Golf Club. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
    Dick Goble and Sara Thomas

  • My condolences to you and your family. Will miss Erich. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Russell & Dee Welchli

  • Kelly, Leo and Lydia,
    Words cannot express my sympathy for you over the loss of such a wonderful person. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you through this long difficult journey you are on. May God keep you close and help you through this time. Erich will never be forgotten. Go Blue!

  • Kelly,
    It was with great sadness that we learned of Erich’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and we hope that in a small way they help you through these trying times.
    Hugh and Nina Garvey

  • We are very sorry for your loss, Kelly, Leo and Lydia. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. God bless you and your family.
    Doug, Ann, Shayna and Shelby Schneider
    Frankenmuth, Mi

  • Dear Kelly,
    We are so saddened for your loss. Please know that we are praying for you, Leo and Lydia for God to envelop you in His comforting arms and guide you every step of the way during this difficult time. Please let us know if we can help in any way.
    Love to you.

  • Kelly,

    we were so saddened to hear of Erich’s passing. nothing anyone can say will
    take away the hurt. but just know that many people are lifting you up with their
    prayers. may God bless you, Leo and Lydia.

    thank you so much for the time you spent teaching our 6 year old granddaughter, Marlowe, golfing fundamentals. she really enjoyed the lessons and only stopped
    due a breaking her arm at a pool party! my wife and I appreciated your patience
    with her and the other kiddos at Tartan Fields Country Club.

  • Dick, we are so very sorry to hear of Erich’s passing. We knew him as a great young man and neighbor. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. We pray for comfort and strength for you. May many happy memories stay with you forever.