Elton L. Ahlness was born on July 2, 1920 the son of Hans and Ida (Wee) Ahlness at home in rural Lincoln Township near Hanska, MN. He grew up and attended country school in District #38. Elton served in the United States Army from July of 1942 until he was honorably discharged on September of 1945. He returned from the military and farmed his entire life. He was married to Nadene Schwieger on June 19, 1947 at the Linden Parsonage, Hanska, MN. He was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church and the John Watson American Legion in Springfield.
Elton was preceded in death by his daughter, Vickie Nachreiner, daughter-in-law, Lisa Ahlness, parents, Hans and Ida Ahlness, siblings, Hazel Oren, Alpha Thordson, Edna Miller, Vernon, Julian and Myron Ahlness, step-brothers, Richard and Oscar Ahlness, step-sisters, Steena Johnson and Lena Nelson, brothers-in-law, Adolph Oren, Ray Thordson and Walter Miller, sister-in-law, Vernelle Ahlness, step sisters-in-law, Violet Ahlness and Agnes Ahlness, step brothers-in-law, Eddie Nelson and Joe Johnson.
Survivors include his wife of 73 years, Nadene Ahlness, children, Cindy (Denny) Krautkremer, Dave (Joni) Ahlness, Leslie (Robert) Hoffmann, Karen (Jerry) Krebs, Darwin Ahlness and Bruce (Shelly) Ahlness, son-in-law, Leonard Nachreiner, 17 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
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