OBITUARY

Jonathan Arthur Ahrens

September 25, 1939October 31, 2010

AHRENS, Jonathan, 71, of Riverview, Fla. passed away October 31, 2010. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Charlottesville, Va. and Brandon, Fla. He was a retired sales representative with Southern Wine and Spirits. He is preceded in death by his wife, Betty Hatcher Ahrens. He is survived by his son, Byron Ahrens and daughter-in-law Tina Ahrens of McDonough, Ga., parents of Rachel and Kimberly Ahrens; son, Bert Ahrens and daughter-in-law Madeline of St. Petersburg, Fla., parents of Anneleise and Jarrett Ahrens; daughter, Leah Ahrens Billingsley and son-in-law Chris Billingsley of Palmyra, Va., parents of Alena and Austen Billingsley; son, Dean Ahrens of Brandon, Fla., daughter, Dana Ahrens Heath of Tampa, Fla., parent of Ann-Marie, Juliana and Thomas Heath. A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Brandon, FL. A graveside service for friends and family will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at Norris Memorial Gardens, Norris, Tenn. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or to LifePath Hospice Development Department,

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Rose Ann Kile

November 8, 2010

To Jon and Betty's Family,

While it isn't easy as mortals to give up our parents, I know that the Lord gives us strength to move on as best we can on this Earth in anticipation of a grand REUNION in the future.

Here is one of my favorite verses:

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do
not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous
right hand, just as I said I would."

ISAIAH 41:10 NIV

Carlton Knowles

November 3, 2010

Mr. Ahrens will be missed, but he is in such a great place now filled with happiness. The first time I met Mr. Ahrens I had walked into the house on Village Ct. and he and Mrs. Ahrens were in the kitchen area. Dean intorduced me and I stuck my hand out to shake his. He gripped my hand and said "WELCOME." From that time forward I was always made to feel part of the family not just a friend to Dean. Thank you Jon!

Freddie Senterfitt

November 2, 2010

So sorry for your loss. You and your family will miss him at holiday gatherings but your dad will be gathering with the King of Kings hoping that he will be able to see the rest of his family one day soon. Praying for comfort at this time for you and your family.

Your Son

November 2, 2010

Thanks for everything Daddyo. You will be missed. I found this poem and thought I would share.

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2010
http://www.ruthann1.com

Your Son

November 2, 2010

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2010
http://www.ruthann1.com

D Mayers

November 2, 2010

My condolence to the Ahrens family. May 2 Cor 1:3,4 bring you comfort during your time of grief.

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