Terry L. Ahrens, 75, of Cedar Rapids passed away peacefully on Friday May 15, 2020 of heart disease. Due to the pandemic, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Terry was born on November 2, 1944; the son of Walter H. and Elsie M. (Garrett)Ahrens. He was raised in Tipton Ia. and was a member of the Class of '63.
He worked as a painter at Link-Belt Speeder for 21 years prior to their closing, and Goss Printing for 14 years prior to their closing. He then worked for L&P painting until his retirement in 2007. He loved seeing his grandchildren and adored his great grandchildren. He enjoyed meeting "the guys" for breakfast, golfing, riding his Harley, and most of all playing the bass. He made so many lasting friendships as a result of 17 years playing with the Hardtimes band,
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Donald Bendixsen, sister-in-law Sandra Jackson and a nephew, Don Long.
Left to cherish Terry's memories are his wife of 55 years ,Bonnie (Long) Ahrens, Daughters, Angela (Rick) Melton. Tina Ahrens, and Jodi (Troy) Booth, grandchildren, Nathan (Kaylee) Melton, Brianna Melton, Jacob Blauer, Allie (Jacob) Willenborg, and Nick Booth. and 6 great-grandchildren,Justice, Liberty, Moxie and Renegade Melton and Charles and Caesar Conrad, sister Beverly Bendixsen, Sisters-in-law Sherry Jenkins and Becky Long, Brother-in- law Curtis Long, special nephews, David (Wanda) Long, Darrell (Carla) Long, Kirk and Craig Bendixsen, and neices Debbie Long, Kim Cushing and Amy Jenkins,and special friends of more than 55 years, Dean and Leslie Keller.
In lieu of flowers, the family has respectfully requested that any memorial contribution be made to The Moose Lodge # 304/515, 1820 West Post Rd. SW Cedar Rapids Ia. 52404 of which he was a proud member.
The family would like to express huge thanks to all the nurses, doctors, and staff at St. Luke's Hospital, along with the home care nurses, and therapists that took care of Terry during his illness.