Edward August Ahrens, 95, who had been an avid member of the Billings Gem and Mineral Club, died Thursday, April 12, 2012, at RiverStone Hospice.
He was born March 22, 1917, in Wolf Point to Fred and Lydia Ahrens (Radke). During the winters as a young kid, he would hitch Roany and Lizzy, the team he broke himself, to the sled box and pick up all the kids on his long route to school.
He graduated from eighth grade at Southview Elementary and at age 85, he received an honorary high school diploma for his life experience. He worked on the family farm until he went into the service in 1941.
He served with the 41st Infantry Division in the South Pacific Islands during World War II; his specialty was working on Piper Cubs.
His hobbies included rock hounding and lapidary. He received many awards for his displays, including first place for best lapidary in 2011. He also painted, wrote poetry and whittled.
He spent his later years traveling around Montana attending World War II and family reunions, as well as visiting historical sites and museums. He was an active member of the Senior Citizens Center.
He had been married to Dorothy Grace Bogar, who died after 45 years of marriage.
Survivors include a brother, Bill Ahrens; sisters, Eileen Sethre and Eunice Phillips; a son, Clayton Ahrens; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation was April 17 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Services were April 18 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary.