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780 12th St. SW
P.O. Box 822
Le Mars, IA 51031
Phone: 712-546-4903
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Henry Ahlers

Henry Anthony "Hank" Ahlers

Sunday, July 23rd, 1922 - Thursday, February 28th, 2019
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Le Mars, Iowa – Henry A. “Hank” Ahlers, 96, of Le Mars, Iowa passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Accura Health (Plymouth Manor Care Center) in Le Mars, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 4, 2019 at All Saints Catholic Parish – St. Joseph Church in Le Mars, Iowa. Father Bruce Lawler will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March, 3, 2019 at St. Joseph Church. There will be a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 5:00 p.m. with a Scriptural Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church on Monday prior to Mass.

Henry Anthony Ahlers was born on July 23, 1922 in Le Mars, Iowa, the son of Henry J. and Kathryn (Nuel) Ahlers. He grew up on the family farm in Stanton Township and graduated from St. Joseph’s School in Le Mars. He continued his education at Trinity College in Sioux City and Westmar College in Le Mars. His education was interrupted when he was drafted, and later, honorably discharged from the Army.

On June 20, 1949, Hank and Mildred Anne Nussbaum were united in marriage at St. James’ Catholic Church in Le Mars. They enjoyed 55 years of marriage until Mildred’s death in 2005. Throughout his lifetime, he took pride in his six children and twenty grandchildren and followed their many activites.

After beginning his professional career in banking in 1945, Hank joined the staff of Le Mars Savings Bank, now known as Primebank. He started as a teller and eventually became the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. After enjoying a 70 year career in banking, Hank retired in 2014.

Devoted to the community, Hank served on many volunteer and business boards and committees including those for St. Joseph Church, Gehlen Catholic Schools, Farmers Savings Bank of Struble, Le Mars Mutual Insurance Company, Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce and the Le Mars Development Corporation. He also served as treasurer of the Knights of Columbus for over 25 years.

Grateful to have shared his life are his children and their spouses, Ted and Barbara Ahlers of Washington, DC, Anne and Stuart Ramsey of Houston, TX, Ellen and Doug Wells of Le Mars, IA, Margie and Matt Gambee of Portland, OR, Matt and Gayle Ahlers of Le Mars, IA and Katie and Mark Moir of Evergreen, CO; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Mattias Ljung) Ahlers, Nathaniel Ahlers, Paul (Ashley) Ramsey, Kirk (Shandi) Ramsey, Courtney (Lewis) Hendrick, Kathryn (Chris Huset) Wells, Joe (Katie) Wells, Sarah Wells, Michael (Kathleen) Gambee, Erin (John) Kamp, Kevin Gambee, Molly Gambee, Mike Ahlers, Carolyn Ahlers, Emily Ahlers, Jeff Ahlers, Matthew Ahlers, Eric Havey, Ryan Havey and Thomas Havey; great-grandchildren, Henry Ramsey, Claire Ramsey, William Ramsey, Ryan Ramsey, Ramsey Hendrick, Samantha Wells, Jane Wells, Fiona Gambee, Thomas Kamp and Margaret Kamp; a sister-in-law, Cy Ahlers; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred; his parents; his siblings, Sister Ruth Agnes Ahlers OSF; Ruth Ahlers, William (Lois) Ahlers and Robert Ahlers.

Memorials may be directed to Gehlen Catholic School or Hospice of Siouxland.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 3:00pm
    All Saints Catholic Parish - St. Joseph Church
    605 Plymouth St E
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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    There will be a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 5 P.M. and a Scriptural Prayer Service at 7 P.M.
  • Service

    Monday, March 4th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Monday, March 4th, 2019 10:30am
    All Saints Catholic Parish - St. Joseph Church
    605 Plymouth St E
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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    There will be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the Mass
    Fr. Bruce Lawler
  • Interment

    Calvary Cemetery
    900 Plymouth Street E
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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  • Reception

    All Saints Catholic Parish - St. Joseph Church
    605 Plymouth St E
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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Tom Niehus

Posted at 08:50pm
Hello Matt & Family, & all of your siblings & relatives - I am sorry to hear of the news of your Dad's passing. (sorry as I am about 3 weeks late, I was scanning the Sentinel for other news & came across your news....) I did not know your Dad very well, but did know he was very much respected & loved by all the folks throughout the Le Mars + area. You were blessed to have such a wonderful & caring father. My condolences - Tom & Angela Niehus; Roswell, Georgia.

Don Paulin

Posted at 11:34am
My sincere condolences to Matt, other family members, and "Hank's" many friends. Hank became my banker guy in 1957 and I always appreciated how saw me through the tough 21% times, and much better years. It was good to know that such a considerate, compassionate banker was also a friend. His financial and community stewardship was important to the entire community. Don Paulin

The Avino Family, Bob, Janice Bobby, & Nick

Posted at 05:28pm
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.
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