OBITUARY

Robert B. Ahrens

January 12, 1928December 18, 2012

Robert B. Ahrens, 84, of Evansville, passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at St. Mary’s Medical Center. He was born in Elberfeld to the late Gerhard and Marquerite Ahrens on January 12, 1928.

He graduated from Elberfeld High School, received a B.A. in Education from Evansville College and a M.S. in Education from Indiana University. He taught at Elberfeld High School and Vogel Elementary School and then served as principal at Tekoppel Elementary and Thompkins Middle School. He was a past president of the Evansville Teachers Assn., the Evansville Science Teachers Assn., Phi Delta Kappa and District 8 Elementary Principals Assn. He was a life member of the National Education Assn. When Thompkins Middle School was named a National Exemplary School, Mr. Ahrens accepted the award on behalf of the school from President Reagan at the White House in 1987.

Mr. Ahrens was a 50 year member of the Ft. Branch Masonic Lodge, the Evansville Scottish Rite, the Hadi Shrine and Lynnville Order of Eastern Star. He was an active member of the Methodist Temple since 1955 and past president of Friday Night Dance Club.

Mr. Ahrens participated in the Evansville Freedom Festival for many years beginning in 1977. He was president from 1983-1985 and served on the Board of Directors from 1979-2000. He was elected Director Emeritus for Life in 1994.

Mr. Ahrens was a U.S. Army Reservist for 40 years. He commanded three Evansville based Reserve Units, served on the Army General Staff at the Pentagon and after his military retirement, served on the Assistant Secretary of Defense’s Committee for Employers Support of Guard and Reserve. He also served as an Admissions Counselor for the U.S. Military Academy – West Point. He was a past Commander of American Legion Post 187, past President of Retired Officers Assn and the Evansville and Tri-State Armed Forces Council.

His parents preceded him in death.

Robert is survived by his wife of 62 years, Leola; daughters, Lee Ann (Robert) Galloway of Lynnville, IN and Rebecca (Kenneth) Black of Lemont, IL; a brother, Alan (Ann) Ahrens of Newburgh, IN; and five grandsons, David and Nicholas Hartsaw of Evansville, and Derrick, Taylor and Matthew Black of Lemont.

Services will be 10:00 AM Friday, December 21, 2012, at Methodist Temple, 2109 Lincoln Avenue, officiated by Pastor Steve Beutler, with burial in Nobles Chapel Cemetery. Friends may visit Thursday from 3:00 to 8:00 PM at Alexander East Chapel, 2115 Lincoln Avenue, and Friday from 9:00 AM until service time at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mended Hearts Chapter 107 or the Methodist Temple. Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderEastChapel.com.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, December 20, 2012
  • Visitation Friday, December 21, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 21, 2012
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Robert B. Ahrens

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Ken Black

February 1, 2013

Leola, Bob was the best Father In Law a guy could ever have! He was always there for me with a helping hand, but never told me how things should be. Matthew, Taylor, and Derrick could never have "ordered up" a better Grandpa than Grandpa Bob! They will forever remember all those great family trips we made and those remembrances always make them smile from ear to ear. Love & Peace, Ken Black

January 13, 2013

I thought about you on your birthday today. You have always been there for me my entire life. No one could have asked for a better brother. Love you Alan

Jim Jaquess

December 24, 2012

My condolences to the family at this difficult time.

Mr. Ahrens was my science instructor at Vogel. He was an exceptional motivator who instilled a lifelong interest in the sciences that I value tremendously. He was one of the best in his profession.

There have been countless kids that he helped mold over the years. Our country needs more like him.

James F. Jaquess, Esq.
Vogel Class of '62

December 22, 2012

We love you Mr. Ahrens.

Kelly Brown Koch and Michelle Phillips Damm. Class of 1986 Thompkins

December 22, 2012

Dear Leola,

I am truly sorry for your loss of your wonderful husband. I only knew you two from the Friday Night Dance Club, where we used to chat together from time to time. You know that my husband, Dusty, passed away last April. He and your husband always had something to talk about. It is very terrible to get over something like this and I will tell you how I did it. I just pictured Dusty in Heaven doing what he liked to do most...being friendly. I hope this helps in your situation. My best to you, Leola. from Helen Hardesty 12/21/12

Rita Beierlein King

December 21, 2012

I remember Mr. Ahrens well. I graduated from Vogel 1958. He was well liked by myself and many other students. My condolences go out to his family.

JEAN RINGHAM

December 21, 2012

HEARTFELT SYMPATHY COMING TO YOU FROM A COOL FLORIDA ALSO THIS MORNING AND HOPING YOU ARE WEATHERING THE WEATHER THERE AND SEVERE LOSS. GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU ALL IN HIS CARE. SINCERELY, JEAN S. RINGHAM

Cathy Hammerstein

December 21, 2012

Mr Ahrens was an inspiration to me and my brothers. We all attended Vogel in the 60s and I will never forget his compassion for all the students. Now my grandchildren attend Vogel. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you.

December 21, 2012

December 21, 2012

Leola,
We are thinking of you at this difficult time. You have our deepest sympathy.
Judy Ketcham Bolt & Greg Bolt