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“Sandy, Ronnie, Evelyn and families, Your dad was always a constant figure in my life. I spent so much time with Sandy growing up I feel he was a ...Read More »
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“Sandy was a longtime friend of my parents, Dale & Lucille Boyle. He was there to help whenever help was needed. Sandra & Ronnie you were Blessed to...Read More »
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Sandy Ahnen was born the son of George and Eva (Schad) Ahnen near Fontanelle, Iowa on December 3, 1916 and died at the Madison County Memorial Hospital on June 13, 2010 at the age of 93 years, 6 months and 10 days.
Sandy received his education in the Nevinville, Iowa School. He always had a love for baseball and played as a catcher in his grade school years. He also played catcher for the town leagues in Stuart and Earlham. Sandy farmed in the early years as a farm hand using horses. Sandy and Lorene Clark were married April 13, 1938 in Olathe, Colorado. This union was blessed with two children, Sandra and Ron. Lorene died April 10, 1982. Sandy worked for a few years in Colorado for an electric company installing high-line wires. He came back to Iowa to farm near Spalding, Greenfield, Pitzer and Earlham farming for a total of 69 years. Sandy and Evelyne Whited were married February 15, 1986. Sandy loved to play cards, especially pitch and solitaire. He was an avid reader of western novels. Sandy was a member of the Early Chapel Church and a Deacon Emeritus. He once managed the church farm and was very involved with the care of the church building. He loved to spend time with his family and especially his grandchildren.
Sandy is survived by his wife Evelyne Ahnen of Earlham; daughter Sandra Kristufek of West Des Moines; son Ron Ahnen of Des Moines, 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Sandy was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lorene, brothers Glen, Lloyd and Rex, sisters Ruby Jensen and Gladys Hoakinson.

In Memory Of

Vern "Sandy" Ahnen

Age 93

Born December 3, 1916 - Fontanelle, Iowa
Died June 13, 2010 - Winterset, Iowa

11:00 AM Thursday June 17, 2010
Early Chapel Church - Rural Earlham, Iowa

OFFICIATING - Pastor Neal Hanley

ORGANIST - Tracy Faust

"The Old Rugged Cross"
"Home On The Range"

SOLOIST - Neal Hanley
"Amazing Grace"

Daryl Scar Dwayne Scar
Paul Marston Morris Smith
Brian Beener Jason Kristufek

Russell Leeper Melvin Jensen
Alden "Red" Lorimor

Greenfield Cemetery - Greenfield, Iowa

Dexter Redfield Earlham

Just A Farmer

Just a Farmer 'you said
And I laughed 'cause I knew
All the things a farmer
Must be able to do
They must study the land
Then watch the sky
And figure just when
Is the right time and why
To sow to plant
To buy and to sell
To go to the market
With cattle and well-
You know the books
That farmers must keep
To pay all those taxes
And be able to sleep
And you know the fixin'
That farmers must do when
Machines like mad monsters
Blow a gasket or two
I guess when God needed
Folks to care for His earth
He chose "just farmers"
Cause He knew their true worth
Helen C Coon