William C. Ahrens

Ahrens, William C.

William C. Ahrens died Friday, October 19, 2012 at Syverson Lutheran Home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

William Ahrens was born on September 25, 1924 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the son of Fred and Laura (Ebert) Ahrens. He was educated at Oshkosh High School.

Following high school, he served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946. As a combat infantryman in World War ii, he took part in campaigns in New Guinea, the Admiralty Islands, Leyte and Luzon in the Philippines, and in the occupation of Japan. He received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star in recognition of actions he performed during his service.

William married Helen Chambers in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on November 24, 1947. He worked as a sheet metal worker for many years and finished his working life as a maintenance worker for the U.S. Post Office in Oshkosh. William moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 2009 after spending most of his life in Oshkosh. William enjoyed hunting, fishing, the Green Bay Packers, working on his house, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his sister, Doris Johns of Frisco, Texas, a son Tom (Sandra) Ahrens of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, a daughter Peggy (Ahrens) Young of Madison Wisconsin, and by three grandchildren, Emily Ahrens, Zachary Ahrens and Zoe Young, as well as other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his two brothers Fred and George, and his sisters, Viola, Laura, Rose, Mildred, Hazel, and Shirley.

A memorial service for William will be held at 10:30 a.m. on November 3rd at Seefeld Funeral Home in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. William's immediate family will be there at 10:00 to receive family and friends. Guests are invited to a light luncheon immediately after the service.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Syverson Lutheran Home in Eau Claire for their care and support, and would like to encourage contribution to the Syverson Lutheran Home in lieu of flowers.


Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Oct. 28, 2012