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Nolan Charles Ahlborn

Nolan Charles Ahlborn Nolan Charles Ahlborn went to Heaven on July 3, 2005. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Mary Anne McMinds Ahlborn. Nolan was born on March 27, 1924 in Hammond, IN to Charles and Elizabeth (Hipsher) Ahlborn, was reared by his Grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. John Hipsher. Soon his Grandpa passed away and his Grandma raised him from about the age of five. His Aunt Goldie and her husband John Galinsky helped so much by taking him fishing and trips to their cottage. He attended Irving School and Hammond Tech. He played on Tech's basketball team and was featured in the "Times" often nick-named "the blond ball hawk"! He also made a record in track and field. Coach Patterson saw to it that he received a four year scholarship to Valparaiso U. which had an outstanding basketball team. He was then called by the Army to World War II. He was sent to Europe as a Combat Engineer, they went ahead of the rest of the troops as Intelligence Scouts, often hiding in burnt-out homes and buildings for cover. He was sent from England in the second rush of the "Battle of the Bulge", then France, Holland and was one of the first installed men to enter Germany. While occuping Berlin, he studied Law. He received two Bronze stars and other honors. Upon returning home after three years, he proceeded to attend Ball State U. studying coaching and field engineering. One summer break, he went to see Peter J. McMinds, a friend of his Uncle John's and a Telephone Head Engineer. He landed a job and more. He met the boss's daughter, Mary Anne McMinds. He worked at "Ma Bell" for 37 years as a Managerial Engineer, never missing a day, retiring in 1985. In the meantime Nolan and Mary Anne were married in 1950. They remained very much in love for 55 years. He was the most kindhearted, caring husband and father there could ever be. They have three children: Rebecca Jo (Charles) Hendrix, Heidi Anne (Mihail) Sekulovski and David Nolan Ahlborn. Also beloved Grandchildren, Jason Charles (Tanya) Hendrix, Jenny Lynn Hendrix (Shawn Brandon), Jordan Nolan Sekulovski (Amy Panteleo), Jonathan Peter Sekulovski, Great-grandchildren, Megan Jo, Vincent Jude and Brandon, also special friend who helped so much, Gregory Wilson. Nolan was a member and Trustee of the Highland Presbyterian Church, President of Highland Lincoln School PTA, member of Highland Historical Society, Hammond Historical Society, N.R.A., American Legion, VFW and Telephone Pioneers. Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 6, 2005 from 5-7 PM at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Rd., Highland, IN. Funeral services will be held at Kuiper's also, on Thursday, July 7, 2005 at 11:30 AM, with Rev. John Snyder officiating. Interment at Chapel Lawn. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks donations to be made to the American Heart Association, 208 S. LaSalle St. #900, Chicago, IL 60604. Enclose your address and Mrs. Nolan Ahlborn's address, 8943 Prairie Ave., Highland, IN 46322 for acknowledgments.

Published in The Times from July 5 to July 6, 2005
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