Ahrens, John Frederick, Saginaw, Michigan

Went into the arms of Jesus on December 15, 2012, and then proceeded to join the Homecoming Choir of Heaven. Age 74 years. John was born in Saginaw, Michigan on April 30, 1938 to Alfred John and Marion Hunt Ahrens. In 1960 he married Hilda (Lynn) Herzog, celebrating 52 years of marriage this past April. John is survived by his wife, Lynn; sister, Dorothy VanDusen; children: Sherye Wise (Arnold); Lori Mitchell (Tom); John Jr. (Toni); Tim (Jenna), loving grandfather of Christopher Stinnett (Tracy); Michelle Anderson (Dewayne); Kristin, Kara, Kori, and Kim Mitchell; Christopher, David, and Wesley Ahrens; Benjamin, Zoie and Arya Ahrens; loving great-grandfather of Leslie, Kimberly, Holly, and James Stinnett; Destinee and Dewayne Anderson Jr. John graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1956, where he had been a part of “The Lost Chord” quartet. His passion for music continued throughout his life, including The Ahrens Family Singers as well as his involvement with the church. He devoted 25 years in management for JC Penney (as a store manager in Marion, IN, and Mt. Pleasant, MI), receiving the Chairman’s Award of Excellence in 1985. He played a significant role in Rotary Club and United Way, was on the board of Marion’s Wesleyan College. He was one of the founding members and served as Elder/Trustee of Mt. Pleasant Community Church. In 1990 he became a licensed minister, and served as Principle of Shield of Faith Christian Academy until it closed in 2002 but remained Administrative Pastor of the church until retiring in 2008. John loved being in the ministry, as well as enjoying all the special times with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Being a member of the Elite Movie Club, “Flicks for Two” with his sister, Dorothy, became a favorite weekly event. He was greatly loved and will be missed by all. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Shield of Faith Ministries, 10322 Swan Creek Road, Saginaw. Friends may call at the Shield of Faith Ministries from noon until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southern Care Hospice of Saginaw, MI or Shield of Faith Ministries. www.casefuneralhome.com