Paul "Budda" Ahrendt

August 9, 1945November 1, 2019

Paul “Budda” Henry Ahrendt, died Friday, November 1st, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was 74 years old. Born August 9, 1945 he lived his early years on a farm outside of LeMars, Iowa. He graduated from Dana College in 1968 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. He was drafted into the US Army after graduation and spent his time cooking for 12 men in the Czech Republic during the Vietnam War. He proposed to Kathy (Kathryn) Hulsebus via audio tape from Europe and they were married on July 11, 1970 then moved to Lincoln and started their family. In 1976 Paul opened The Tool House, which he owned an operated until September of 2007. He sold the company to Total Tool out of St. Paul, Minnesota and went to work for them doing customer service training and other assorted duties. Paul was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphositic Leukemia in 2005 and fought his battle against cancer until the day he left the earth. He will be remembered for his love of people, laughter, family and ice cream. He believed in showing love and kindness to everyone he met. Paul was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

Paul is survived by his wife, Kathy; son Travis (Pamela Seier); daughters, Tami Lewis-Ahrendt (Gwendolyn), Traci Norum (Andrew), Teri Abbott (David), and Toni Jensen (Martin); sister, Mary Barton. Paul was the proud grandfather of 12: Tristan, Hunter, Miranda, Archer, Dakota, Brita, Henry, Jack, Dennison Paul, Kaia, Emmett and Brody.

The family invites you to a visitation and sharing of memories on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 S 14th Street, Lincoln, NE from 5pm – 7pm. Paul’s life will be Celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Sheridan Lutheran Church, 6955 Old Cheney Road, Lincoln, NE. Memorials and Donations will go to Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries.


  • Jack York, Pallbearer
  • Josh Nordhues, Pallbearer
  • Charlie Cihal, Pallbearer
  • Bruce Ostrander, Pallbearer
  • John Dineen, Pallbearer
  • Gary King, Pallbearer
  • George Hendricks, Pallbearer
  • Lynn Schoening, Pallbearer

  • Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 6, 2019


Paul "Budda" Ahrendt

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Roy Stoner

November 6, 2019

God didn't make a better man than Paul Ahrendt.

Tara Grau (Lashley)

November 5, 2019

Toni & Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Much love to you all, Tara Grau (Lashley)

Yvonne Kaylor-Arner

November 5, 2019

To the Ahrendt family -

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Paul. I worked for a firm for 31 years that he dealt with. I have never known a more positive person, or one that brought more life and love into a room than Paul. He was a wonderful friend and will surely be missed.

Yvonne Kaylor-Arner

Don Perekovich

November 5, 2019

Kathy and Family

So sorry to hear of "Budda" passing. Enjoyed the many, many years of Dana Homecomings and especially, the 50 year class reunion.
RIP my friend.
God Bless.

Carol Meyer

November 5, 2019

I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. May God Be With You All at this sad time and give you strength, peace, and comfort. Thanks for ALL your family has done churches and for others. Sincerely,
Carol Meyer, Lutheran Student Center and Southwood Lutheran

Zoey Moser

November 4, 2019

I volunteered at Vacation Bible School at Sheridan with Paul, and he always seemed so lively! He liked to have fun with the kids and was always wearing a smile. In youth group on Sunday, we talked about what a blessing he was to the Sheridan community and to us youth. Ian, our director, mentioned how heavily Paul gave to the youth fund, and I (alongside all of my fellow youth) will be eternally grateful for his generosity and lovely spirit. We are all praying for Paul and his family!

My condolences,
Zoey Moser

Lori (Rudebusch) Ryman

November 4, 2019

Ahrendt family,
I am sorry for your loss, Paul was a wonderful man, as you know.

I have fond memories when he was our Sunday school teacher in High School. A lot of growing in our view of the world and in our faith happenend, along with a lot of fun.

I also had a lot of fun watching the kids when the were little when Paul and Kathy would need a babysitter.

May the Lord be with all of you during this hard journey.

Dan Roller

November 4, 2019

Paul would always take time to listen, laugh, and offer wisdom when needed. Paul's character was Christ like. I'm grateful for the time that I was given to have him in my life. Thank you Paul.

Kenneth Koester

November 3, 2019

I was very sorry to hear about Paul's death. He was a very good friend when we were at Dana. The few times that I saw Paul after Dana he always spoke very highly of his family.. I know that you wil miss him.

Diane and Jeff Cunningham

November 3, 2019

Paul was a great person! We got to know him when opened our business in the Haymarket. We will never forget the day that he "volunteered " us to be chairs of the Haymarket Association. 25 years later and we still have our business in the Haymarket and also Jeff works for the Lincoln Haymarket Development Non profit! Thanks Paul!
Diane and Jeff Cunningham, Burlington Antiques