In loving memory of Mom's cousin Ron
From the Obituary
THAYNE, WY - Ron Ahrens left peacefully for heaven on Monday, March 12, 2012 at his home in Thayne, Wyoming surrounded by his wife, sister, son and daughter after an inspirational 15 month battle with brain cancer.
Born Nov. 29, 1945 in Springfield to Edward and Virginia Ahrens where he lived and graduated from Lanphier High School and played on their basketball team. He earned a Ceramic Engineering degree at the U. of Ill. and was an avid Illini fan. Ron retired from Bethlehem Steel after 30 years of service as ceramic engineer.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife and best friend of 45 years, Mary Ann (Wilson); son, Craig of Salt Lake City, (wife, Micki); daughter, Jodi Wager, Charleston, SC (Jeff) and the latest joy of his life, granddaughter, Allison. Also mourning his loss is sister, Connie Kluckman, Wheaton (Tim), brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunt, cousins, nieces and nephews. Parents preceded him to heaven.
He did extensive work building and remodeling his properties in Baltimore and his ranch in Wyoming. Ron welcomed many guests in his home showing them the beautiful Tetons, Jackson Hole and Yellowstone area he loved, taking them on snowmobile trips through the canyons and back country mountains, Cutter Races, downhill skiing in Jackson Hole and Teton Mountains, hiking, riding horseback and camping out in the mountains. He loved to cross country ski around his ranch in Star Valley with his dogs following him. He was an expert black trail, mogul skier, and enjoyed snow shoeing and cross country skiing to explore the mountains, valley, and Yellowstone. He was a golfer, mountain biker, white water rafter in Snake River and other areas as well as fishing the streams and lakes. He traveled to South Carolina, Florida, Alaska and various other places to ski and visit his family when he wasn't working or clearing snow on his ranch.
He was proficient on the computer and in mathematics and used his skills to volunteer as bookkeeper at the Baptist church, as well as being a youth leader taking boys on camping trips and volunteered to do janitor work for the church for years.
Ron obtained funding to build an animal shelter in Star Valley and has kept it going for years doing much of the maintenance and bookwork himself. He rescued and sheltered hundreds of homeless, injured or abandoned animals until homes were found for them. He welcomed dog sledders and their dogs on his ranch during their races and enjoyed hearing the sledders' stories.
Ron served the Lord as a helping friend, a big brother and fatherly figure to many, living life to the fullest. He encouraged others to have a good time and enjoy life as he did.
At his request, there were no funeral services. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Instead of flowers, Ron preferred to be remembered with donations to "Lucky's Place" Animal Humane Association of Star Valley, PO Box 654, Thayne, WY 83127.
Published in The State Journal-Register on March 17, 2012