Richard Ahrends was born November 23, 1933 at home near Diller, Nebraska to Eulida and William Ahrends. He passed away March 19, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island, Nebraska. Richard grew up in Nebraska, California and Missouri, his first car was a Model A. After graduation high school he worked for the railroad. Richard joined the U.S. Marine Corps. and was stationed in Japan where he was a Sargent, weapons specialist and military police officer during the Korean War. He received the National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and most recently recognition of honorable service during Korean War and Defense of Democracy and freedom, signed by Chuck Hagel and presented by Congressman Adrian Smith on June 3, 2014 on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. Richard then went on to trade school and became an electronic service tech. He married Betty Thompson and they had three children.Richard loved nature, gardening, woodworking, ceramics, hunting, camping and animals. He was baptized Christian and was a very spiritual person with his Bible always near and dear to him. Richard had many tragedies and triumphs in his life. His family was important to him and he was surrounded by love. He had a special Knack for connecting with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.Richard is survived by his two daughters, Lidia DeLavio, and Sonya Connett and her husband Dave; four grandchildren, Michael Kissler, Shawn Kissler, Amy Kissler, and Lindsey Ahrends; nine great grandchildren, Dayjah, Elijah, Jessica, Jordan, Meriam, Dayton, Dayona, DaVaya, and Mileena; sister, Shirley Kringle, and two brothers, Larry Ahrends, and Keith Ahrends.He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Charles Ahrends; and sister, Sandra Policky. Memorial Service: Saturday, March 28, 2015, 10 am at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, 5200 R St. in Lincoln, followed by graveside services and luncheon. Condolences: lincolnccfh.com.\n5200 R ST Lincoln, NE 68504\nGraveside service to follow, Fairview Cemetery, 84th & Adams, Lincoln, Nebraska.