William D Ahrens

January 17, 1931August 7, 2018

William D. Ahrens, 87, of Lincoln, died August 7th, 2018. Born in Minden, NE, to William and Evelyn Ahrens. He graduated from Minden High School and attended Kearney State Teachers College. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1954. He married Dorothy J Barkhage in 1958. He received his D.D.S. degree and his M.S. in periodontics from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry. William served the College of Dentistry as an instructor and associate professor. He was assistant dean of clinics and director of patient services. He was a member of the central regional dental testing service and the Nebraska board of dental examiners. He also served as dental consultant for Ameritas; retiring in December 2007. William was a member of the American Dental Association, Nebraska Dental Association, Lincoln District Dental Society, the Academy of Periodontology and a faculty member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon. He is survived by his wife Dorothy; sons Blane (Amy) Ahrens and Brian Ahrens; four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and son Bradley.

Memorials to College of Dentistry, Periodontal Development fund, or to the charity of donor's choice.


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Paul Hansen

August 26, 2018

I had Dr. Ahrens as a teacher at the College of Dentistry, 71-75. He was absolutely dynamic in his teaching abilities. When I came to teach later at the school I could still quote much of what he taught us. He was a leader, and an example of excellence that we could all look up to. He would talk of how we need to evaluate the entire patient, how see beyond a single tooth. He taught us to be diagnosticians and not tooth carpenters. He will be missed by all.

Betty Shestak

August 17, 2018

I graduated from SCC Dental Assisting in March of 1982 & was hired 3 weeks later by Dr. Bill Ahrens. He called me on my birthday, April 7, 1982 & I started 2 days later on Good Friday. He taught me so much. I had a lot of respect for him as well as other people did! I saw him at Hy-Vee a few years ago & he remembered me! He always called me KID!! Rest In Peace Dr. Ahrens & God Bless!

Becky Janda(Carlson)

August 16, 2018

My first memory of Bill and family was in Axtell NE when we lived across the street and he first practiced dentistry before moving to Lincoln to teach and practice. . My mother and Bill were in High School together in Minden. He was an excellent dentist and great family friend. Thanks to his expertise I grew up with wonderful straight teeth. Our relationship continued at the Dental School where I worked for 4 years 1971 to 1975. He was a great mentor and teacher to many one of which was my dear husband Mike Janda+. I recently had reconnected with Bill. We had some very good conversations about life and memories. I was very sad to hear he had passed. May God gather him up on Eagles wings and Rest In Peace dear Bill. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and family! Love Becky

Richard Bush

August 15, 2018

Bill Ahrens and I were classmates in dental school, University of Nebraska College of Dentistry 1955 to 1959...after which I s tarted my practice in Kearney, Nebraska and Bill started his practice in Axtell, Nebraska. I remember him as a close friend and an excellent student. We were saddend by the loss of their son and lost contact as a result of that tragedy. I cannot remember him as a CRDITS EXAMINER...but he was a very competent in his dental career. Richard E. Bush, DDS, retired...

Nancy Deany

August 10, 2018

We have memories of being neighbors when we were on S 33rd Street and your family lived on South Gate. We were again neighbors when our families moved to Edenton. It seems a life time ago. Whenever I ran into Bill in a store or on the street he was always the same - looked the same and had the same positive attitude towards life. We are sad to loose such man. May your memories of your husband and father and grandfather bring you comfort and also bring smiles to your faces. God Bless Nancy & Bill Deany

Paula Steinberger

August 9, 2018

I am so Sorry to hear of your loss. Bill was an amazing man. He will be dearly missed.
This may be an unusual memory, but you could always tell when Bill was outside because his aftershave smelled so amazing. He always had a smile on his face, and kind words to say.
All my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Love, Paula

Ken Kalkwarf

August 9, 2018

Special guy! Meant a lot to all of us - as a teacher - and as a colleague.

Ann Meints

August 9, 2018

What a GREAT guy Dr A. was. I had the pleasure of working with him at both the Dental College, and at Ameritas.

He was a special person. Always kind, friendly and caring.

My condolences to the entire family.