Jun. 14, 1887 Wilmington New Castle County Delaware, USA
Sep. 18, 1976 Princeton Mercer County New Jersey, USA
John was the son of John T. Ahrens and Annie Kraft. He married Jane H. Blackwell on 14 Dec. 1946 in New York, New York Co., NY.
The following obituary was published in the Trenton Evening Times, Trenton, NJ, Sunday, 19 Sep. 1976:
Col. John Ahrens, retired Army office
PRINCETON - Retired Army Colonel John Herman Ahrens, 89, a veteran of many years of military service, died Saturday in the Princeton Medical Center. He lived at 279 Elm Road.
Colonel Ahrens was born in Wilmington, Del., and lived in Princeton since 1947. He joined the Army in 1904 as an enlisted man and became and officer in 1920. He was a graduate of the Command and General Staff School in Washington, D.C.
In his early military career, he served in the Mexican Border War with Battery B, 157th Field Artillery, a Camden unit. He joined the New Jersey Department of Defense [in] 1934 and served until 1940, when he entered federal service.
He was attached to the 44th division and was involved with the reorganization of that division, which later became the 50th armored division following World War II.
Colonel Ahrens remained in the army until 1948 and returned to the N.J. department of defense as adjutant general and director of the war records division.
He retired in 1953 as adjutant general with the rank of full colonel, following 39 years of service.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Blackwell Ahrens; a son, John Edward of Durham, N.C.; a daughter, Mrs. Alexander Price of Cherry Hill; two sisters, Mrs. Michael Walsh of Wilmington, Del. and Mrs. Williams Jr. McGrory [sic] of New Castle, Del.; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services with full military honors will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. There will be no calling hours.
Contributions may be made to the Princeton Medical Center or the Camden County Heart Association.