James Ahlfeld, 86

James Ernest Ahlfeld, 86, of Dry Ridge, Ky., passed on to meet his heavenly Father, who he always called, “The Man Upstairs” on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.

A devoted Missouri Synod Lutheran, he attended Zion Lutheran church in Wabash, was instrumental in starting the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Dry Ridge, Ky., and charted at St. John’s Lutheran church in Aurora. He graduated from  Chippewa High School in Wabash County, where he played basketball.

An ardent Teamster, he drove a truck for over 40 years, traveling all but two states of the continental U.S.

As a motorcycle enthusiast and member of the Wabash Cannonball TT motorcycle track, he rode Harleys, Triumphs, and Indians most of his life, even in the winter, riding to work or pulling all the neighborhood kids on their sleds thru the snow with his Indian Chief.

He moved family and animals to a farm in Dry Ridge, Ky., including a retired race horse and circus dog from the Cincinnati Zoo. In retirement, his love of the open road and meeting people led him to be a U.S. census taker. He loved playing euchre and pinochle, with his family and friends.

James is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest W. Ahlfeld and Helen (Liebo) Ahlfeld; siblings, Robert Carl Ahlfeld, Margaret Elizabeth McCombs, Martha Lydia Moon, and Albert Eugene Ahlfeld.

He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Madeline Patricia (Wilson) Ahlfeld; sister, Ruth Helena Alber; children, Douglas James (Leslie) Ahlfeld and Robert Eugene (Barbara) Ahlfeld; seven grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Memorial service will be at St. Johns Lutheran Church, 220 Mechanic St, Aurora, on Monday, Dec. 17, at noon. Visitation is at 11:30 a.m., with a meal following the service. Private burial to be held in Williamstown, Ky.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Johns Lutheran School.

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Posted on 2018 Dec 12