Robert B. Ahrens, 84, of Evansville, passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at St. Mary's MedicalCenter.
He was born in Elberfeld to the late Gerhard and Marquerite
Ahrens on January 12, 1928.
He graduated from ElberfeldHigh
received a B.A. in Education from EvansvilleCollege and a M.S. in Education from IndianaUniversity. He taught at ElberfeldHigh
School and VogelElementary
then served as principal at Tekoppel Elementary and ThompkinsMiddle
was a past president of the Evansville Teachers Assn., the Evansville Science
Teachers Assn., Phi Delta Kappa and District 8 Elementary Principals Assn. He
was a life member of the National Education Assn. When ThompkinsMiddle
named a NationalExemplarySchool, Mr. Ahrens accepted the award on behalf of the
school from President Reagan at the White House in 1987.
Mr. Ahrens was a 50 year member of the Ft. Branch Masonic Lodge, the Evansville
Scottish Rite, the Hadi Shrine and Lynnville Order of
Eastern Star. He was an active member of the MethodistTemple since 1955 and past president of Friday Night Dance
Mr. Ahrens participated in the Evansville Freedom Festival for many years
beginning in 1977. He was president from 1983-1985 and served on the Board of
Directors from 1979-2000. He was elected Director Emeritus for Life in 1994.
Mr. Ahrens was a U.S. Army Reservist for 40 years. He commanded three Evansville based Reserve Units, served on the Army General Staff
at the Pentagon and after his military retirement, served on the Assistant
Secretary of Defense's Committee for Employers Support of Guard and Reserve. He
also served as an Admissions Counselor for the U.S. Military Academy – West Point. He was a past Commander of American Legion Post 187, past President
of Retired Officers Assn and the Evansville and Tri-State Armed Forces Council.
His parents preceded him in death.
Robert is survived by his wife of 62 years, Leola; daughters, Lee Ann (Robert)
Galloway of Lynnville, IN and Rebecca (Kenneth) Black of Lemont, IL; a brother,
Alan (Ann) Ahrens of Newburgh, IN; and five grandsons, David and Nicholas Hartsaw of Evansville, and Derrick, Taylor and Matthew
Black of Lemont.
Services will be Friday, December
21, 2012, at MethodistTemple, 2109 Lincoln Avenue, officiated by Pastor Steve Beutler,
with burial in NoblesChapelCemetery.
Friends may visit Thursday
at Alexander East Chapel, 2115 Lincoln Avenue, and Friday from
until service time at the church.