Marlis Ahrenstorff

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

May 11, 1933 - July 4, 2018

A funeral service for Mr. Marlis M. Ahrenstorff, 85, of Lakefield, Minnesota, and formerly of Sioux Valley, Minnesota, was held Monday, July 9, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sioux Valley. Interment will be at Sioux Valley Township Cemetery in Sioux Valley.

Marlis Melvin Ahrenstorff was born on May 11, 1933, at home in Sioux Valley Township, Jackson County, Minnesota, the son of Sigfried and Lillian (Atzen) Ahrenstorff. As a child, he attended school and graduated from Sioux Valley High School in 1951.

In 1956, Marlis was drafted into the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Washington. Marlis was united in marriage to Sharon Waldrep on Feb. 8, 1958, in Tacoma. He received an honorable discharge from the Army in March 1958. The couple made their home in Sioux Valley, where they raised their family and engaged in farming. Marlis farmed until retirement in 1999. In 2001, Marlis and Sharon moved to Lakefield.

Marlis was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sioux Valley. He was a member of the Sioux Valley American Legion and was on the elevator board in Round Lake. He enjoyed collecting Oliver tractors and taking care of his mules. He also enjoyed camping and traveling. Most important to Marlis, however, was his family and grandchildren.

Marlis passed away Wednesday, July 4, at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake at 85 years of age.

Marlis is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sharon Ahrenstorff of Lakefield; children Tony Ahrenstorff (Janie Salines) of San Antonio, Timothy Ahrenstorff (Kelly) of Lakefield; and Lynette Thompson (Troy) of Brewster, Minnesota; grandchildren Alex Thompson (Lydia Kemper), Ashley Thompson, Taylor Ahrenstorff (Kelly), Talia Ahrenstorff and Kiera Ahrenstorff; great-grandson, Blake Ahrenstorff. Also surviving are brothers and Floy Ahrenstorff of Lake Park and Douglas Ahrenstorff (Karen) of Lake Park; several nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Blessed be the memory of Marlis Melvin Ahrenstorff. Turner Jenness Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.