Dr. Donald J. Ahrenholz, age 85, a resident of Wheaton, died September 17, 2019. He was born May 16, 1934 in Waterloo, Iowa. He attended Drake University and Wheaton College, and graduated from the University of Iowa Medical School. After residencies at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines (general surgery) and Medical College of Wisconsin (plastic surgery), he entered practice in West Point, New York (US Military Academy) and Cedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa, until retiring to the Wheaton, Illinois vicinity in 1998.
Don served as an elder of churches in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and Wheaton, and on the board of the Cedar Falls Bible Conference. In concert with other leaders, he helped bring Logos Bookstores to Cedar Falls, and was a founding member of Young Life Committee in Cedar Falls/Waterloo.
He enjoyed fishing and Iowa Hawkeye football, and he never tired of singing the praises of his Lord Jesus Christ. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lynne; his sons Steve (Carol), Mark (Nancy) and Kevin (April); his sixteen grandchildren: Maggie (Thomas) Yates, Timothy (Kaitlin) Ahrenholz, Matthew Ahrenholz, William Ahrenholz, James (Andi) Ahrenholz, Amy Ahrenholz, Joshua Ahrenholz, Sara Ahrenholz, George Ahrenholz, Tess (Jake) Dyson, Samuel Ahrenholz, Adam Ahrenholz, Sean Noeller, Annebeth Ahrenholz, Aspen Ahrenholz and Wren Ahrenholz; his two great-grandchildren: Ezra and Finley Yates; his sister Anne (the late Albert) Nesbit; his brother-in-law Doug (Jan) Dunkerton. Preceded in death by his brothers Andrew (the late Katherine), Henry (the late Catherine) and Marion (Doreen). A visitation will be held Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 12:00 Noon - 2:00 p.m. at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St. Wheaton, Illinois where a funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Wheaton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to Cedar Falls Bible Conference, 439 N. Division St., Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613. To donate online, visit https://www.aplos.com/aws/give/CedarFallsBibleConference/3 or make checks payable to Cedar Falls Bible Conference and include "In Memory of Donald Ahrenholz" in the memo line. Family and friends may sign a guest book at hultgrenfh.com. For more information, please call Hultgren Funeral Home at 630-668-0027.