John "Red" Ahern, Janesville, WI

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

May 20, 2014

John "Red" Ahern, also known as "Jack", passed from this earthly realm on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, into the arms of his loving wife, Donna Ahern, with his family at his side. Donna passed on just seven short months ago.

For all who knew Jack, it was apparent that in this life, there was only one "Red" Ahern. He hid his big heart with a gruff exterior and was a man with a Litany of one-liners for every occasion, and each encounter with friends and Loved ones. He fiercely defended those he loved, played hard, worked hard, and lived life to the fullest.

Jack was loved and will be sadly missed by his children: Kim (Mike) Newlin, Kathy (Jim) Marbry, both of Janesville, Kevin (Cheryl) Ahern, of Spencer, IA, Kristy (Jody) Tollefson, Kelly (Jerry) Graham, both of Janesville, and Keri (Jim) Badertscher, of Marshfield, WI; his step-sons, Mark (Kimberlee) Ludois, and Scott (Tammy) Ludois, both of Janesville; 21 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; his sister, Donna (Douglas) Ahern Watson of Hilton Head, SC; nieces; nephews; and friends, as well as his loving canine buddy, Katie. Besides his wife, Donna, he was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Ione Ahern; his sister, Ruth (Roy) Olson; and also by his canine companions, Ceaser and Gus.

A special thanks to his personal care workers, Sandy and Julie, and most of all to two very special nieces, Cindy Eagle and Wendy Klocke, who devoted much love and many hours of care over the last year. Without their love and support, Jack would not have been able to stay in his home the last seven months.

Memorial Services celebrating Jack's life will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at the WHITCOMB-LYNCH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, with Rev. Jerry Amstutz officiating. Friends may call on Thursday from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the FUNERAL HOME.

"Jack, you are finally free of that tired, broken body. Let your spirit soar and give'm hell in heaven buddy!" We share this saying in honor of your passing. It sounds as though it was written just for you!

We love and miss you so.

"Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out shouting, Holy ****....what a hell of a ride!"

Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home & Cremation Services

21 S. Austin Rd., (608)752-2444



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