Darrol John Ahlfs, 85, of Ely, dies

Darrol John Ahlfs, 85, of Ely, passed away on Monday, September 21, 2015 on the farm that he loved. He was born October 7, 1929 in Henning, MN to John and Viola (Hanson) Ahlfs.
Darrol was a military veteran serving in the United States Navy as an aviation machinist mate and an airplane engine mechanic from November 1950 until 1954.
After his service time he received additional technical training as an automotive and diesel mechanic to eventually be employed by Reserve Mining Company. During that employment he met and married the love of his life and raised a family in the Ely area, eventually retiring from Reserve.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Rose Marie (Preblich) Ahlfs and his parents.
Survivors include three sons: Richard (Vernie) Ahlfs of Crandon, WI, John Ahlfs of Hopkins, MN and Peter Ahlfs of Blaine, MN; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; two sisters: Darlene Smith and Donna (George) Crouch and brother –Russel Ahlfs; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Kerntz Funeral Home.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.