Former Iowa resident Henry Lester Ahls, 88, died Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at Covered Bridge Health Care Center in Seymour.
Lester is survived by his wife, Betty Ames Ahls; two brothers, William Lloyd Ahls and James E. Ahls; two daughters, Nancy (Tom “Digger”) Franke of Seymour and Glenda Ahls of Greenwood, Arkansas; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his grandsons, Timothy and Jonathan Franke and Hunter Ahls.
Funeral Services will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Peace Lutheran Church.
Following services, a celebration reception of Lester’s final victory over disabilities, sickness and death will be held from 5 – 8 p.m. at Burkholder Funeral Chapel in Seymour. At his request, instead of anyone grieving, he wants everyone to celebrate in their hearts that he is finally at the best celebration ever – the banquet table of his Lord, in Heaven. Please join the family in this celebration. Inurnment will follow at a later date in his hometown of Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Lester asked ahead of time, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Iowa District East LCMS for Ministry to the Deaf, Peace Lutheran Church’s Building Fund, or the International Lutheran Deaf Association – Mission Project. His final legacy was to be able to support these organizations nearest to his heart.