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Douglas H. Ahrens

August 5, 1932 — November 18, 2019


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 22, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Notre Dame Church with Rev. F. James Shurtleff officiating.  Burial will follow the Funeral Mass in Notre Dame Cemetery with full military honors. Calling hours will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at the LaRue & Pitcher Funeral Home.


Mr. Ahrens died on Monday morning, November 18, 2019, at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center following a brief illness.

Arrangements are under the direction of LaRue & Pitcher Funeral Home.

Douglas H. Ahrens was born on August 5, 1932, in Windsor, Vermont.  He was the son of the late Herman and Madeline L. (Hall) Ahrens.  On February 18, 1953, Douglas enlisted in the United States Army at Fort Meade.  After his honorable discharge in 1955, he married Dorothy M. Moore on September 22, 1956. Dorothy died on January 27, 2014.   Douglas continued to serve his country in the United States Customs Service, retiring in 2001 after 36 years of service.  Mr. Ahrens was a parishioner of Notre Dame Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Loyal Order of The Moose Fraternities.   He also enjoyed woodworking and target shooting.

He is survived by his son Marc D. Ahrens and his wife Gina of Ogdensburg and his daughter Lisa M. Decker and her husband John of Ogdensburg.  He is also survived by his sister Sandra L. Hodge and her husband Dick of Cape Vincent and his grandchildren; Juliann and Jorden Decker and Matthew, Maxwell and Mollee Ahrens.  Six great-grandchildren also survived him.

He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy Ahrens and his daughter, in infancy, Mary Anne Ahrens in 1958.

Donations in Doug’s memory may be made to the Agarwal Renal Center 214 King Street Ogdensburg, NY 13669.

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