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Carl Ambrose Ahrens

April 27, 1944 ~ March 20, 2020 (age 75)


            Carl Ambrose Ahrens, 75, of Martinsburg, passed away Friday, March 20, 2020 at Pin Oaks Living Center in Mexico, Missouri.

            Mr. Ahrens was born April 27, 1944 in Mexico, Missouri, a son of Bernard Henry and Esther Henrietta (Blaue) Ahrens.

            He was a graduate of Community R-VI High School.  Carl continued his education at the University of Missouri – Columbia with a Bachelor Degree in Agriculture.

            On November 18, 1989 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Martinsburg, he married Bonnie Marie Tiske. 

            Carl had lived in Martinsburg all of his life.

            He was a row crop farmer and raised sheep and Charolais breeding cattle.  Carl had two national champion Charolais bulls.  He sold Charolais cattle throughout the United States as well as Canada, New Zealand and Australia.  Carl and Bonnie also owned and operated a Woolen Mill for 15 years. 

            Carl was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Martinsburg and the Knights of Columbus.  He was also a member of the Charolais Cattle Association headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

            He enjoyed listening to old country western music and was also a collector of coins and stamps.

            Carl is survived by his wife, Bonnie Marie Ahrens, of the home in Martinsburg; step-sons, David Anthony Webb, of Mexico and Arnold Lee Woodcock, Jr., of Sullivan; step-grandchildren, Drew Webb and Ashlie Webb, of Columbia and Royce Webb, of Mexico; great-grandson, Traedon Webb, of Columbia; brother, Liborius Ahrens, of Mexico; sisters and brothers-in-law, Connie and Gordon Dunlap, of Prairie Village, Kansas, Helen Hull, of Kansas City and Vivian and Donald Smith, of Mexico; in addition to nieces and nephews.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Esther Ahrens.

            Private family services were held Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Martinsburg.  Father Austin Okoli officiated.

            Burial was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, south of Martinsburg.  Serving as pallbearers were David Webb, Arnie Woodcock, Mike Ahrens, Royce Webb, Martin Ahrens and Colin Paffrath.

            Services were under the direction of the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville.

            Memorial contributions were suggested to Charolais Cattle Junior Association c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, MO 63384.

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