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John W. Ahrens

John W. Ahrens, 91, died peacefully at home in Long Beach California on August 21, 2013 (Born November 19, 1921). John was a lifelong resident of Long Beach, growing up in Belmont Shore. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1940, where he was a member of the varsity tennis team and was also a club member of Comus. He served in the United States Coast Guard during WWII on the USS Belfast (PF-35). He received an honorable discharged in 1945. Shortly after John's discharge a childhood friend introduced him to Dorothy I. Twight, originally from Fargo, North Dakota. They were married on July 27, 1947. Thus began a life together spanning over 66 years. In 1957, they founded Dorothy Ahrens Nursery School of Long Beach, which together, they have owned and operated for over 55 years. Growing up near the ocean in Belmont Shore, his love of the Pacific Ocean, body surfing and golf (former 40 year member of Virginia Country Club) expanded to the Hawaiian Islands after a stay at Pearl Harbor on the USS Belfast. John encouraged Dorothy to take a trip to the island of Maui in the early 1960's to experience the beauty of this tropical paradise. As a result, they began visiting Maui often, where having ownership of a residence has provided the family with many fond memories. Maui will also serve as his final resting place. John is survived by his wife Dorothy and three children: Cindy Rive (Philip) and Nancy Salley (Dennis) of Long Beach and John C. Ahrens (Kay) of Redlands. Seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren also survive him. John rests peacefully with his Lord Jesus. His quick-wit, calm demeanor and deep love and support of family and friends will be greatly missed by everyone. A private memorial will be held. Please sign the guestbook
at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Sept. 13 to Sept. 15, 2013
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