Clarence A. Ahlers, 92, of Remsen, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at his home near Remsen.
Clarence was born July 31, 1919, the son of Herman and Josephine (Koch) Ahlers. He was raised in Granville, and graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Alton.
After graduation he worked for several area farmers including Martin Ludwig where he met his wife, Norma. Clarence and Norma were married Jan. 19, 1943, in Remsen, on a 27 degrees below zero afternoon. Clarence and Norma farmed northeast of Remsen and continued to live on the farm after retiring.
Clarence enjoyed fishing and hunting in his younger years. He loved attending the horse races, playing pinochle with friends and many children will probably remember his gorgeous pumpkin patch.
Clarence was happiest when his family was around him and his passion was tending to his fields.
Clarence was a past member of the 4th Degree of Knights of Columbus. He was a board member of the Farmers Savings Bank in Remsen and was also a board member of the Colonial Manor Nursing Home, which is now the Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen.
Survivors include his wife, Norma of Remsen; four sons, Fred (Faye Heerde), David (Lynn Langel), Daniel and Phil (Teryl Conover), all of Remsen; three daughters, Margaret Mary Tucker of Enfield, N.H., Christine (Scott Nielsen) of Remsen, and Barbara (Dennis Henrich) of Le Mars; 11 grandchildren, Holly and Douglas Tucker, Ann and David Heerde, Erin Pick and her husband, Chris, Nicole and Jeremy Ahlers, Noelle Henrich and Derek Ahlers, Justin Nielsen and his wife, Safia and Christopher Nielsen; three brothers, Urban and Edward Ahlers of Granville and Vincent of Remsen; two sisters, Rita (Theisen) of Canby, Minn., and Clara of Granville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; Herman and Josephine Ahlers; a grandson, Michael Ahlers; brothers, Herman, Ray, Bernard and Arnold; a sister Helen; one brother-in-law, Reynold Theisen; and two half-sisters, Mrs. Mike (Kathryn) Steffes and Mrs. Henry (Agatha) Steffes.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. William McCarthy officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation will be anytime after 2 p.m. Wednesday. There will be a parish rosary at 3 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.
Casketbearers will be Jeremy Ahlers, Derek Ahlers, Justin Nielsen, Christopher Nielsen, Holly Tucker and David Heerde.
Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.