Gerald Ahrens Obituary, Death Cause – Gerald Ralph Ahrens Sr., a beloved son, husband, father, and proud Korean War veteran, was born on January 18, 1932, in St. Louis, Missouri. He departed from this world on September 6, 2023, at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, Missouri, at the age of ninety-one years, seven months, and nineteen days. In 1967, he was united in marriage to Verla Ahrens, and together they welcomed two children into their lives. Gerald’s life was filled with love, family, and dedication to his country. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph J. Ahrens and Mary (Rose) Ahrens, as well as his brother, Donald Ahrens.
He is survived by his son, Gerald Ahrens Jr., and his wife, Melisa, of Linn Creek, Missouri; one daughter, Ann Ahrens of St. Ann, Missouri; a cherished granddaughter, Allison Ahrens of Linn Creek, Missouri; a beloved grandson, Coleman Warren of Columbia, Missouri; and the mother of his children, Verla Ahrens of Camdenton, Missouri. He also leaves behind a host of other relatives and countless friends whose lives were touched by his kindness and warmth. Gerald’s journey began in St. Louis, Missouri, where he completed his high school education before bravely enlisting in the United States Army to serve his country during the Korean War. Following his honorable military service, he and his parents relocated to the serene beauty of the Lake of the Ozarks.
Gerald’s parents purchased and operated the “Hook n Hunt” lake resort, where he worked diligently in maintenance for several years. After his parents retired and sold the resort, Gerald embarked on a new adventure, starting a fishing guide service from his parents’ resort. His passion for the water and love for outboard motors were evident throughout his life. For many years, Gerald served as a dedicated fishing guide, sharing his knowledge and love of fishing with countless enthusiasts who sought the serene waters of the Lake of the Ozarks. He continued this cherished profession until his well-earned retirement. As we remember Gerald Ralph Ahrens Sr., let us celebrate a life well-lived, filled with service to his country, love for his family, and a deep connection to the waters he treasured. His legacy lives on through the memories and experiences he shared with those who were fortunate to know him.