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Leland Francis Ahern
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Birth: Sep. 21, 1911
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Death: Apr. 13, 1982
Des Moines
Polk County
Iowa, USA

Son of Michael Lawrence Ahern and Edith Mary Dale


Chariton, Iowa
Tuesday, April 20, 1982


Leland F. Ahern, 70, an early resident of Lucas County moving to Des Moines in 1928, died last Tuesday evening at his home near Altoona. He died as the result of a heart attack while fighting a grass fire at his Altoona acreage.

At the age of 22 he became a Polk County welfare worker. Ten years later he was named assistant Polk County Welfare Director. In 1947 he was appointed Director of Welfare, serving 23 years, retiring in 1970.

He was well known throughout the midwest for his work with the deaf. He founded Friends of the Deaf, an Iowa organization devoted to promoting the interest of deaf people everywhere. He became nationally known as founder of Valium Anonymous, an nationwide organization that has become very active in helping people addicted to valium.

Survivors include two sisters, Elizabeth Ahern of Altoona and Edith Matthews of Des Moines; and two brothers, James and Dale of Des Moines.

Graveside funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Grimes Cemetery with the Rev. Father Frank Chiodo conducting.

Obituary courtesy of Darlene Arnold
Family links: 
  Michael Lawrence Ahern (1878 - 1951)
  Edith Mary Dale Ahern (1881 - 1954)
  Lawrence Dale Ahern (1910 - 1989)*
  Leland Francis Ahern (1911 - 1982)
  Mary Elizabeth Ahern (1913 - 1998)*
*Calculated relationship
Polk County Welfare Director for 23 years
Grimes Cemetery
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Maintained by: Skip
Originally Created by: Doris Christensen
Record added: Jul 28, 2009
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Leland Francis Ahern
Added by: Doris Christensen
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