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JOHN LESLIE AHERN
John Leslie Ahern, age 83 of rural Plevna, Missouri, died Monday, July 7, 2008, at the Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Missouri.
He was born on June 13, 1925, at Plevna, Missouri, the son of Tivy and Constance “Connie” Smith Ahern.
On June 23, 1946, at Newark, Missouri, he was united in marriage to JoAnn Rich and she preceded him in death on November 16, 1994.
John was also preceded in death by his parents, one son Brian Ahern and one brother, William Ahern.
Surviving are four sons, Philip Ahern and wife Carol of Montgomery City, Missouri, Chris Ahern and wife Jeanne of Atlanta, Missouri, Dr. Tim Ahern and wife Becky of West Burlington, Iowa and Terry Ahern of the home, nine grandchildren, Nathan Ahern, Ethan Ahern and wife Joy, Julie Dameron and husband Kevin, Jenny Minard and husband Andrew, Betsi Ahern, Katie Ahern, Joni Ahern, Erin and Olivia Ahern, three step grandchildren, Jeff Cochran and wife Angie, Jason Cochran and Julie Proskocil and husband Randy, ten great-grandchildren and seven step great-grandchildren, one sister, Nancy Klocke of Edina, Missouri, a daughter-in-law, Rhonda Ahern of Bethel, Missouri, a sister-in-law, Sue Ahern of Plevna, Missouri, several nieces and nephews.
John was raised in Plevna, Missouri where he attended rural school, graduated from Edina High School and was also a graduate from Technical School in St. Louis, Missouri. He was engaged in farming all his life in the Plevna community.
John served his country in the United States Army during World War II from August 19, 1944 to April 23, 1946. John served in the Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe and received the World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Overseas Bar, American Theater Ribbon and the European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with three Bronze Stars. John enjoyed sports, especially football and baseball. He enjoyed music and spending time with his children and grandchildren. John was a member of the Plevna Christian Church.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2008, in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri. The Reverend Dr. David Doctorian will officiate the services. Burial with full Military Honors was in the Newark Cemetery conducted by the Missouri Military Honors Team.
Music was provided by Marsha Pinson, organist, and his granddaughters, Julie Dameron, Jenny Minard, Betsi, Katie, Joni, Erin and Olivia Ahern, vocalists. Musical selections will be “Old Rugged Cross” and “It Is Well With My Soul”.
Casket bearers were Phil, Chris, Tim, Terry, Nathan and Ethan Ahern.
Visitation was from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 2008, at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of John L. Ahern may be made to the Plevna Christian Church or American Cancer Society. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, Missouri, 63537.