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Stephen R. Ehardt of Lexington, Mich., past president of the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) and state representative for Michigan’s 83rd District, died at the age of 66 on Thursday, July 29, 2021. Ehardt was president and CEO of Ehardt’s Pharmacy, an instructor and adjunct professor at multiple colleges and served as a Republican state representative from 1999 until 2004.

He was born on June 13, 1955, in the city of Port Huron and married Ardie, with whom he had two children, Allen and Erica. Ehardt was a graduate of Croswell Lexington High School in 1973 and earned his degree in pharmacy (1978) and Certificate in Geriatric Pharmacy (1995) at Ferris State University School of Pharmacy. He also completed the American Pharmacists Association (APhA)/SmithKline Beecham Community Pharmacy Management Program in 1996. He was elected president of MPA in 1997 and was the recipient of the APhA Distinguished Achievement Award in Community Pharmacy Practice the same year.

Ehardt was an instructor at the University of Michigan-Flint (nursing pharmacology), instructor at St. Clair County Community College (pharmacy technology) and adjunct professor at Wayne State University School of Pharmacy. He was also a member of his local government planning commission for four years and served as a Lexington Village trustee for 10 years.  He was a past president and treasurer of his local chamber of commerce executive board for 17 years, was appointed to the Thumb Michigan Works! community advisory board in 1996 and was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1998.

In the Michigan Legislature, Ehardt represented Sanilac County and the townships of Burtchville and Fort Gratiot, as well as the city of Port Huron in Saint Clair County. He was elected associate speaker pro tempore in 2000. He served as chairman of the House Health Policy Committee, vice chairman of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee, as well as on the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules and the Insurance and Financial Services Committee, among others.

Burial services are being provided by Pomeroy Funeral Home in Lexington. No memorial services are scheduled at this time. Click here for additional information as it becomes available.

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