|Birth: ||Jul. 17, 1917|
|Death: ||Oct. 7, 2002|
St. Clair County
Benjamin John Ahring, a longtime public servant in St. Clair County and former owner of a bowling alley, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at Rosewood Care Center in Swansea. He was 85.
A native of Collinville, Mr. Ahring was born on July 17, 1917, to Willi am and Anna Marie Ahring.
In the early 1940s, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in World War II.
Mr. Ahring started his career at Ashland Chemical Co., in St. Louis. He worked his way up to sales manager and served that position until he retire d in 1980 with more than 30 years of service. He then worked at Transchemical, and retired again in 1988.
Mr. Ahring became co-owner of Midway Bowl in Fairview Heights in the 1950s. He operated the bowling alley for 14 years, until 1971 .
In 1955, Mr. Ahring served as alderman of Ward 3 in O'Fallon for four years. He also served on the board at Lake View Funeral Home and as director of Mid America Bank.
Mr. Ahling's first wife, Thaddis Clifton Ahring, died in 1960. He later married the former LaDoris Jean Mantle of O'Fallon.
Mr. Ahring was active in numerous organizations including the Scottish Rite Bodies, O'Fallon Senior Citizens, Dania Shrine Club, Grand Cross, Mascoutah Sportsman Club, Legion of Honor, Order of the Eastern Star, International Order of Rainbow and the Masonic Lodge 576.
He was also a member of the Ainad Shrine, American Legion 137, Golden Agers, O'Fallon United Church of Christ and the Fairview Heights Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Benjamin Ahring Jr., of Cambridge, Ill., and William Ahring of Canyon, Texas; two daughters, Bonita Ahring of Costa Rica and Cynthia Wolf of O'Fallon; two brothers, Arnold Ahring and Hubert Ahring, both of O'Fallon; two sisters, Mildred Kimmle of O'Fallon and Delores Klingelhoefer of Mascoutah; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A funeral was Thursday at Lake View Funeral Home in Fairview Heights. Burial was in Lake View Mausoleum in Fairview Heights.
Memorial contributions may be made to O'Fallon United Church of Christ, 206 West Adams Street, O'Fallon, Ill. 62269, or Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 2001 South Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, Mo. 63131-3597.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Date: October 14, 2002
Edition: FIVE STAR LIFT
LaDoris Jean Mantle Ahring (1929 - 2004)*
Lake View Memorial Gardens
St. Clair County
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Record added: Sep 04, 2012
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