|Birth: ||May 18, 1927|
|Death: ||Apr. 6, 2012|
Arno Robert "Abie" Ahrens, 84, of Grand Island, was called home to rest on Friday, April 6, 2012, from the Grand Island Veterans Home. Abie was born May 18, 1927, on a farmstead east of Ravenna in Buffalo County to Arno Oskar Otto and Myrtle (Hughes) Ahrens.
Survivors are: daughter, Deborah Ahrens of Grand Island; and sons and daughters-in-law, Brent and Susan Ahrens of Grand Island and Dana and Christine Ahrens of Colorado.; grandchildren and their spouses, Jeremy and Heather Ahrens, Zachary Ahrens, Rachel Ahrens and her fiancÚ Mike Mofitt, all of Lincoln, Ian Ahrens of Grand Island, Mason Ahrens, and Ashley and Scottie Nelson of Texas; great-grandson, Matthew; and sisters-in-law, Nathie Ahrens, Lorraine Peters and Roberta Hughes.
Abie was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley.
Abie attend school in Ravenna, graduating with the class of 1946. He was inducted in the United States Marine Corps and served during World War II. After his discharge, he worked on the Burlington Railroad.
Abie was united in marriage to Shirley Mae Peters on May 22, 1948, at St Paul's Lutheran Church in Hastings. They lived in Grand Island, where he worked for Western Electric Co. He began his service in the retail industry at Wolbach's Department Store and moved to Sears Roebuck and Co. He retired with more than 40 years of service.
Abie was a member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Grand Island, serving as an usher, communion deacon and Boy Scout leader for many years. He was a past member of the Eagles and the Grand Island Saddle Club and was a member of American Legion Post 53.
Abie enjoyed playing any type of cards and fishing, and spent many years fishing with his wife at their home at Sherman Dam. His favorite highlights included the fishing trips to Rainbow Lake in Canada with his brothers and brothers-in-law. Abie always said that if he ever won the lottery, he would make sure Stuhr Museum's Railroad Town would have a real working train.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by parents; brothers, Keith Hughes and Allen Ahrens; sister, Daisy Furtak; brothers-in-law, Ray Furtak and Dale Peters; and sister-in-law, Betty Olsen.
Published in The Grand Island Independent on April 8, 2012
Arno Oskar Otto Ahrens (1894 - 1936)
Myrtle Ahrens (1900 - 1983)
Shirley Mae Peters Ahrens (1931 - 2002)
Westlawn Memorial Cemetery
Plot: Section B Lot 122 Space 6
Created by: CPR
Record added: Apr 08, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88209838