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My husband, Julius, and me with grandson, July 4th, 2016, in Grand Marais, MN “I have many great memories of the visits growing up that my family made to Boone to see uncle Duff, aunt Faye and the family. I've lost contact...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Lois Mass (Lindmark) - Brainerd, MN

“Back in the early 70's Kathleen was babysitter for our two daughters, Missy and Shelly; so we got acquainted and saw Ron often at the end of the day....Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Jan Gordon - Dayton, IA - Friend

“So sorry for your loss! ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Melissa Bartholomew - Ogden, IA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: Milton and Shirley Sturies - IA

“Thinking of you.Prayers for you and your family. ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Dave & Cindi Peterson - Boone, IA

“Peace to Ron's family. Remembering trail rides and joking with Ron. Always good natured and kind. May his family find comfort in each other and share...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Denisse Furstenau - Lakewood, CO

“We have fond school days memories of Ronnie. His family were also neighbors and friends. He loved the outdoors and horses. Our hearts and prayers...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Jim and Carol Siegler - IL

“Ron and I were classmates and Bonnie and I were good friends in elementary school through high school. Ron was a fun loving guy and I am sure he...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: LaVon Campbell-Johnson - Willmar, MN

“I met Ron through love of animals. One summer he rented out goats to clear the pasture east of me. I love goats, and have pygmy goats, so when I...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Sharon and Ken Acuff - IA

“So sad. Ron has been in my life almost as far back as I can remember. He'd scold me for riding my horses to the fun shows in Pilot Mound as a kid...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Linda Tesdall - Boone, IA

“Ron was such a great guy. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Nicolr Kyle - Boone, IA - Friend

“So sorry. I live in the apartment building Ron lived in. We didn't visit much but would talk when I would see him in the lobby or coming in the door....Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Eva Ruther - Boone, IA - Friend

“R.I.P Ron you will be missed ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Lori Carstensen - Boone, IA

“So sorry to hear about Ron's passing. Out thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: larry & Deanna Leichliter - Ogden, IA

Ronald Edward Ahrens, 74, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, IA.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 29, 2017, at the Community United Methodist Church in Ogden. Rev. Gary Hoyt will officiate. Burial will be on the family farm located east of Pilot Mound at 1129 130th St. Visitation will be Friday, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Community United Methodist Church. For online obituaries and condolences please visit:

Born and raised near Boone, IA, Ron attended elementary and grade school in Pilot Mound and graduated high school from Grand Community in Boxholm in 1961.

In May 1962, Ron married Kathleen Kay Newhall. Together, Ron and Kathleen had two wonderful children, Steve and Lora. Ron was a truck driver for the Boone LP Gas Company until he retired at the age of 62.

He was an avid horseman who started training horses at the age of 12. Ron also had a passion for dancing to rock and roll and country western. He enjoyed dancing on the American Band Stand tv show on Saturday nights as a young man.

Ron is survived by his two children Steve (Melissa) Ahrens of Altoona and Lora Ahrens-Olerich of Boone; his brother, Charlie Ahrens of Boone; his grandchildren Cassidy Shreve of Boone, and Ashley, Lindsey, and Nicholas Ahrens of Altoona; step-grandchild, Nic Olerich of Jefferson; adopted grandchildren, Lexis, Seirra (Rosie), and Laurel Collins of Stratford; and niece, Angie (Barry) Star of Maplewood, MN. Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, Alva (Duff) and Goldie (Faye) Ahrens; his sister, Bonnie Higby; sister-in-law, Gayla Ahrens; nephew, Justin Tjentland; and son-in-law, Chris Olerich.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.