OBITUARY

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.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • 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

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020

  • Committal Service & Military Honors

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Memories

Herman John Ahlers Jr.

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Lisa Waddill

August 15, 2020

Erma, I remember the first time I met you both. I had gone to Wild West for the first time and after sitting down, my eyes quickly latch on to you and Herman. NOBODY danced like you two! I remember being in awe of all the moves y'all did. It was a sight to see! When you two came off the dance floor, I got up the nerve to tell you both how much I enjoyed watching you dance. Little did I know y'all got that all the time. Herman quickly took my hand and gave me lesson and I was so nervous as I had never danced before, but he could care less. He always had something funny to say and made me laugh. I loved seeing you guys there. I will miss Herman, and I'm so thankful God brought y'all into my life. I'm blessed to have known him,

Peggy REY

August 11, 2020

One of the best dancers I ever knew!!You and Herman just meshed on the floor...And I loved the fact that he stood out! He had his own style and steps!! Not just performing expected steps!! Many I see are robots just performing cookie cutters!

Also remember when we came to your home . He showed Rico his swords, Rico loved it!!

Love you both, He will always be a happy memory!

Rebecca Couvillon

August 11, 2020

Memories of my brother make me smile. But as I type this remembering them, I have to smile with sad tears. I can't believe he's left us. My daughter said the other day that he was a STAR. I didn't understand at first, but she explained, "he had so many points of light." He was caring, loving, funny, optimistic, and forgiving; in his entire life I never heard him talk ugly about anyone. I will miss him terribly. When I look up at the stars now I will think of him, knowing we have a special STAR shinning down on us and smile. I love you Nunny.

Brittni Geissler

August 7, 2020

Nunnie, I can’t believe we are here so soon. You definitely had a good time while you were here! I’ll always remember the trips you and Erma made to MawMaw Carol’s, the dinners we went to together as a family, the raspberries, the jokes and the laughs. I even remember how impressed you were that I was reading a book that was almost 1,000 pages in the fifth grade! A lot of my fondest childhood memories revolve around those times. Thanks for the laughs, ya big goof. I’m glad to have shared one more dance with you at Trey’s wedding, and to also witness you wobbling haha. Thanks for pushing me to get out there and dance like no one’s watching. I bet heaven’s a party right about now with you there, I hope you and everyone are having a great time. Til we see each other again, I’ll keep my boogey shoes on just for you.

Alisha Redmon

August 7, 2020

It didn't matter how shy I was you wouldn't take no for an answer. You would grab my hand and dance. You knew to embrace every precious moment and lived life to the fullest. You will be sincerely missed. No doubt in my mind you were loved by many. Thank you for loving my Mom the way you did.

Teri Sims

August 7, 2020

You were a very special man Herman I was there when you came into Erma life you we’re working at RadioShack and she was working for me in the Same shopping center at worlds gym and she would talk about you all the time and then when I met you you two were inseparable and I remember the pranks that we would play on you the jokes that we did to your bike and the things we would put on your door at your apartment we would just giggle and laugh and had such a good time and then how we would always go out dancing and you would spin her then you would try to spin me around the dance floor and make me dizzy but we had so many good memories.
You made her so happy in her life for all those many years she will miss you dearly we all will miss you rest in heaven our friend and be her angel watch over her we all love you Herman and we will keep Eye on Erma for you. ❤️

Michele Ross

August 6, 2020

Herman was the ‘Energizer Bunny’ on the dance floor. We met at Codys in Harker Heights in 1990. I thought I was a decent dancer until I met Herman. Dancing with him at the beginning I felt like a ragdoll going in all kinds of directions but eventually he taught me enough so I could hold my own. He would always add some new dance move to throw me off my game and most times, if not all, he succeeded. I always looked forward to Saturday nights at Grahams because I knew him and Erma would be there. I remember one time we were dancing so fast at Grahams that we both ended up on the floor because of me.
His was such a kindhearted man and so funny. Those off colored jokes where the best. He always went for the ‘shock’ factor.
I will cherish every moment I was able to spend with him. Dance away in Heaven my sweet friend. You will be missed. Sending love to Erma and family.

Allen Weller

August 5, 2020

Brother you will be missed. Thank you for being a great friend, a best man, a brother, a father to al those wonderful children and a grand father to their children.. my best memories will always be you out dancing me, making me laugh, and always having advice. Thank you for being an awesome friend and needed support to Dawn when she needed a friend and a protector.. May you dance your heart out and electrify heaven with your amazing personality

Gina Gallo

August 5, 2020

Daddy, I will miss you forever, love you for always and I promise to stop crying soon and start trying to live up to your level of chaos and fun!! I can’t wait to take Trey horseback riding and share stories about you. You were my inspiration and my joy, I love you so much. This was a horrid experience and I just wish that you would never have left. I am broken hearted and it will take me a long while to heal, but the good memories are so plentiful that I won’t ever forget the love and support that you gave me. I love you.

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.

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