Bill Ahlenslager, a life-long resident of Fresno, CA passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Fresno, CA at the age of 87. He was born on August 16, 1926, to Henry and Marie Christina Ahlenslager. Of Volga-German descent, Bill's parents immigrated to California from Russia. After graduating from Edison High School in 1943, Bill served three years in the United States Navy in the V-5 and V-12 Programs and a posting in the Philippines. Bill attended Arizona State University, Texas Christian University, and Fresno State University. While visiting the State Fair in Sacramento, CA, he met Margaret Elizabeth Anderson, the love of his life. They married on September 3, 1950, and raised two children, Kathleen Elizabeth and William Henry, Jr. Bill's 39-year professional career included the Corps of Engineers, Division of Highways and CalOSHA, retiring in 1986, as a district manager. He earned certification as a Civil, Safety, and Traffic Engineer. Bill was active in the California State Employees Association, rising to Vice President. He was a 55 year member and past master of Las Palmas Ponderosa Masonic Lodge. Bill farmed the family raisin vineyard and his own. He was a voracious reader with a photographic memory and aviaries of parakeets or homing pigeons. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Melvin LeRoy and James Norman; and sister, Dona Napolitano. Bill is survived by his wife Margaret; daughter Kathleen; son Bill; granddaughter, Elise Loggers; sisters, June King and Bernice Lowe; brother Leslie; 16 nieces and nephews; son-in-law, Chris Loggers; and dearest friend, Peggy Dedier Krpan. Bill's family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff at Nazareth House for their great care. A Celebration of Life will be held at Stephens & Bean Chapel, on Monday April 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Stephens & Bean Chapel, 202 North Teilman Avenue, Fresno, California (559)268-9292
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Apr. 12, 2014