Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

211 West Ave B, Copperas Cove, TX


Herman John Ahlers Jr.

February 29, 1960July 29, 2020
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Herman John Ahlers Jr. always danced to his own beat. On July 29, 2020, at 8:13pm, he danced his way into Heaven. Heaven may no longer be peaceful, but it will be a thousand times more joyful. A graduate of Saint Stanislaus, he was a rebel from day one. However, it was all with the goal to have a good time and live life to the fullest. He was spontaneous, romantic and always the life of the party. He served his country with honor in the U.S. Army. He taught dance at Fred Astaire's and loved to take non-dancers and move double time across the floor, teaching them how to shake a rug and boogie. He lived for Saturday nights when he could twirl his wife around the dance floor. Herman was also a dog trainer who taught his Rottweiler, Max I, over 100 commands and Max II how to pull him in a dog cart around the neighborhood. This was one of his favorite times to call his daughter and friends. Herman was a family man that always put family first, even when it was hard on himself. Even though he was a kid himself, he always made sure to look out for his brothers growing up. He taught his brothers how to drive and fight and always had time for their personal and business problems throughout the years. He always taught us to put goals in our lives and strive to reach them. Herman loved to travel and thought that cruises were the only way to go: he enjoyed scuba diving, riding horses, and always dancing. He loved to teach, whether it was teaching his future wife to dance, his daughters how to use throwing stars and follow their dreams, or the grandchildren, nieces, and nephews to play slaphands. He had a huge bucket list, but it all boiled down to one thing: the freedom to live life on his own terms. After his passing, the family found these words he had written: " I don't want people crying over me. I lived my life the way I wanted." And, He did. He is survived by the love of his life, Erma Jean Henry; his loving daughters, Gina Marie Gallo of Mandeville and Katherine Cherie Scolpel of Texas; his step-daughters, Alisha Redmon of Florida and Stephanie McGehee (Johnnie) of Texas; his sisters, Rebecca Couvillon (Hanson) of Alabama, Cheryl Howat (Carl), Karen Imbornone and his brothers, Roger Hackler and Darrell Imbornone Jr. (Loretta) of Louisiana; grandchildren Savannah, Shelby, Jerry, Topher, Little John (Bubba), Cheyanne, Dakota, Maddie, Harley, Abbey, and Sheba; great grandchildren Ellie, Hadlee Mae, Axton; and his favorite dog, Max II. He was also greatly beloved by many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Herman John Sr. and Patricia Ahlers; his sister, Carol Geissler; his brothers, Darrell Imbornone Sr. and Dominick Imbornone Jr.; his son-in-law, Stacey Redmon, and his pride and joy, Max I. A visitation will be held from 4-8pm on Tuesday August 4, 2020 at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove, TX. Funeral Services will be 11am on Wednesday August 5, 2020 at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home followed by the committal service at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery where the U.S. Army military honors will be rendered.


  • Darrell Imbornone, Active Pallbearer
  • Trey Imbornone, Active Pallbearer
  • SPEC Topher Glenn McGehee, Active Pallbearer
  • Jerry Dean McGehee, Active Pallbearer
  • Johnnie Roberts McGehee IV, Active Pallbearer
  • Carl Howat, Active Pallbearer
  • Craig Howat, Active Pallbearer
  • Johnnie Roberts McGehee III, Active Pallbearer


5 August

Funeral Service

11:00 am

Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

211 W Avenue B
Copperas Cove, Texas 76522

5 August

Committal Service & Military Honors

2:00 pm

Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery

11463 State Highway 195
Killeen, Texas 76542


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020


Herman John Ahlers Jr.

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Craig Howat

August 5, 2020

I was lucky to call him parrain but we were all lucky to have him as our crazy uncle... a few years ago we got to watch him pass it on to our own children and share his stories with them. Some of Nunnie’s wisdom includes: “How to take a man down with your bare hands”, how to use throwing stars, nunchucks and all of the other assorted weapons he taught the boys to use, how to show no mercy at hot hands and on the flip side, how to dance and dip a lady and show confidence, humor and charm in any situation.

Eternal rest, grant unto him, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.

May Parrain rest in peace.

Sonja and Vince Venzen

August 4, 2020

Well, my friend, you have shocked and saddened us deeply leaving so soon
We will cherish the memories of you in our hearts till we see you again. We talked of ex partners and children and of course dancing.The future, which we also talked about will sadly be just a memory.We love you forever and we share Irmas sadness deep in our hearts.

Windy Savoie

August 4, 2020

Herman was a very sweet, funny, family loving man. Last time I saw Herman, he was dancing around at our nephew's wedding with his wife Erma and it looked like they were gliding they made it look so easy.. they were so in sync with each other and you could see the love in both of them. Herman you will be greatly missed-RIP ! Condolences for All of his family . Love Chris & Windy Savoie

Nathaniel and Delana Davies

August 4, 2020

Herman was always the life of the party . Enjoyed hearing the full stories about his past . Will miss him . Prayers for you Erma.

Donna Barnes

August 4, 2020

I will always remember Herman for his energy and zest for life. He made everyone around him feel important. He was kind. He was funny. I recall when I first met he would say things that caught me off guard. I wouldn’t know what to say then I realized it was just how he was and he’d let out a big laugh at my confused look. I cherish the times spent with him and Erma through the years. I will always remember him dancing the night away. Always with grace and style. May you Rest In Peace. Sending love and prayers to Erma and family.

Misty Pena

August 4, 2020

I love the joy in Hermans smile and the way it would light up the room. My favorite memory will always be of him jumping and jiving with a glow stick in each hand while out dancing everyone on the floor.

Wade Hickman

August 4, 2020

Herman was a Prince in a world of paupers. A winner. Not a loser. A treasure. A true friend. And the light of Erma's life. For that alone... he's worthy of all the praise and credit we can give him. I wish I could have spent more time with him. I wanted to. I planned to. So did he. We were robbed. Love, Wade and Rhonda Baby

Chris Birmingham

August 4, 2020

Well... dancing season will never be the same without you my friend. From the time I met you til the last time I saw you at the dance hall, you were the fastest on the floor. Where I come from the fastest one wins. I just remember the nights you would spin Danielle so fast I could see light under both of her feet. I know the girl sure loved to dance with you. I enjoyed the stories and the friendship. You will certainly be missed. Til we meet again (dip one for me buddy)

Maria Carmona

August 4, 2020

I rememner when I first started to go to Cody's to learn how to dance. Watching Herman amd his wife dance was amazing. I wanted to dance like that and find me a good dance partner. I did have the pleasure of dancing with Herman. He would tell me to just follow his lead
He was a GREAT DANCER. I will miss him greatly. I Love you Erma amd thank you for sharing Herman with us all.

Danielle Birmingham

August 4, 2020

Wow! Too many memories to share but the one that always stands out the most is the 1st night I met him about 15ish years ago and he asked me to dance at Grahams. I had been watching him for a few weeks and knew there was NO way I could keep up. I told him I wasn't any good. He insisted so I said, well you were warned lol. He took me out there and I was a hot mess but had the best time! I went back every weekend hoping he remembered me and he did! The past few years he always said, wow girl, you can still keep up! I learned a ton from him and I know nobody will ever be able to keep up now! Hugs to Erma and I know he is tearing up Heavens Dance floor.


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