Timothy Henry Ahrens

Timothy Henry Ahrens, 61, of Utopia died on Feb. 4, 2014, at a local hospital in Kerrville. He was born on Sept. 26, 1952, to Helen Ahrens and Ed Ahrens in Bound Brook, N. J. Ahrens graduated from Comfort High School in Comfort. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Texas A&M University in 1974. He served four years in the United States Air Force in Bangor, Maine. He married Kris Schneider in 2005. Ahrens lived in Kerrville and Austin for many years, before making Utopia his home. Ahrens worked in the electronics industry developing new products and equipment. He was an individual contractor, making contributions from his home workshop. While in Austin, he worked at Motorola. When Ahrens and his wife moved to Utopia, they fit into the community like a glove, according to the family. They came in and gave to the community. He was a certified firefighter, an EMT and was a 2nd Lieutenant for Utopia and Vanderpool. The family said Ahrens was involved in many rescues and saved numerous lives. He was often first on the scene when fire calls came in. Before coming to Utopia, he lived in Kerrville and Austin and was fire chief at Turtle Creek Fire Department in Kerrville, and was chief of the Driftwood Volunteer Fire Department in Austin. He was a member of the Living Waters Church in Utopia and was known to read the Holy Bible to his children each night. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Pam Ahrens. He is survived by his wife; six daughters, Katie Tenery and husband Justin, Jill Ahrens, Beau Ahrens, Jessie Ahrens, Cassie Ahrens and Izzy Ahrens; two grandchildren; one brother, Ed Ahrens; one sister, Donna Ahrens; and many friends. The family said Ahrens died of a very rare condition, which involved a blood clot in the portal vein to the liver. The family requests memorials may be made to Mision De Candelilla (misiondecandelilla.org) or to the family. An account has been set up with the First State Bank of Uvalde – Utopia Branch, in the name of Kris Ahrens at 870 Main St. Utopia, TX 78884 Funeral services were held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Living Waters Church in Utopia. Interment followed at Jones Cemetery in Utopia. KERRVILLE FUNERAL HOME, WWW.KERRVILLEFUNERALHOMETX.COM
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