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Donald J. Ahrenholz

May 16, 1934 - Sep 17, 2019

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The Strubel Family sends their sincere condolences. My Mom had tremendous respect for Dr. Ahrenholz and enjoyed many years of working in his practice. Our deepest sympathies to your family.

Lynne, my sympathy to you and your family. I was just thinking about you recently and am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a good surgeon and we were sorry to see him leave here back in the day. i hope he didn't suffer. keeping you all in my prayers.

Dear Lynne, I think about you and Dr. A. so often and had been again all week. You were both so kind and generous to me. Dr. A. was a true gentleman, with such a great talent and heart. Love to you and your family.I can still see him with the gummy worm in the corner of his mouth from his dirt birthday cake

I want to send my love and condolences to Lynne and the dear family of Dr Ahrenholz. I will always remember the many kind ways you ministered to our family the years we were privileged to be at CHBC in Cedar Falls.
I especially remember Dr Ahrenholtz giving me a check to pay for my flight to MI when my brother had been severely burned. And he also took me aside and explained what to expect when I got to the hospital. I'll never forget his kindness.
May God give you His comfort and...

Kevin and your whole family, we were so saddened to hear of Don's passing. He was a great and Godly man and was always a true friend when I pastored at Cedar Heights. Praying God will comfort you through this time.

Wishing you all the true comfort that only our Lord can provide. We are praying for your whole family during this time.

Kevin and family, we are so sorry for the loss of your dad. Please know all of you are in our thoughts. We pray that wonderful memories give you much peace and comfort in the coming weeks and months.

Lynne and family, praying for you at this time and sorry for your loss. Sending sympathy.

We remember how kind Doc was to our little boy when he removed a large mole from Scotts upper arm. Not sure if he prayed for Scott during that surgery, but that little boy grew up to be a surgeon. We will never know this side of heaven, the far reaching effects of his life and work for Jesus Christ. May God comfort you and hold you securely as only He can.
Gary and Barb


Donald's Obituary

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 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 For more information, please call Hultgren Funeral Home at 630-668-0027.


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