Friday, January 28, 2011

Clayton "Skip" Ahrensfield Goodbye To An Airman


I was deeply saddened today when I read this obituary. I got to meet Skip a couple of years ago when he gave our Memorial day speech in 2009 at Orwigsburg, Pa.. He was an interesting man and his stories of Flying B-36's and 52's and working on ICBM's in their silos was fascinating. I will miss him. He was a great Cold War Warrior. He kept us safe for many years through his sacrifices, hard work and love of country.
Good bye Skip

Check out the blog feature on Skip I wrote "COLD WAR WARRIOR M/SGT. E. SKIP AHRENSFIELD "

Clayton E. "Skip" Ahrensfield | Visit Guest Book

January 27, 2011

Clayton E. "Skip" Ahrensfield, 76, of Newport News, Va., and formerly of Lake Wynonah, died Thursday at Hampton VA Medical Center, Hampton, Va.

Born in Orwigsburg, May 17, 1934, he was a son of the late Elmer E. and Agnes M. Hummel Ahrensfield.

He served in the Air Force as a master sergeant during the Vietnam Conflict and completed a 21-year military career when he retired in 1973.

He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Hampton.

Skip was employed for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and after his retirement, he the worked for Reneer Films, Auburn, retiring once again in 1996.

He was past master of the former Mariner Lodger 215 F&AM. He was a member of Warwick Lodge 336 F&AM; Valley of Reading Consistory, OES Chapter 43 of Warwick, Cross of Honor DeMolay and Honorary Legion of Honor, National Sojourners, Air Force Missile Association, Landingville Community Fire Company and Good Will Fire Company, Cressona. He was inducted into the PA All Sports Hall Of Fame-Allen-Rogowitz Chapter, Pottsville, in 1997, for basketball in Orwigsburg High School. He was inducted into the Blue Mountain H.S. All Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

Skip was preceded in death by brothers, Herman, Robert and William Ahrensfield; and a sister, Daisy Heinbach.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Carol Ditzler Ahrensfield; a daughter, Robin Morehart, Newport News; a son, Bradley Ahrensfield, Albuquerque, N.M.; three grandsons, Keith Morehart, Geoff Morehart and Zachary Ahrensfield; a great-granddaughter, Layla Morehart; three sisters, Agnes Cleary, Luther Ridge, Seider's Hill, Jane Leymeister, Poulan, Ga., and Anna Collins, San Bernadino, Calif.

A viewing for family and friends will be held from noon until 1:30 p.m. Monday at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home Inc., 25 E. Main St., Schuylkill Haven. A Celebration of life funeral Service will follow at 1:30 p.m. Interment with military honors will be at Manbeck Cemetery, Washington Township. The family would prefer remembrances in Skip's memory be made to the American Lymphoma Society, 555 North Lane, Suite 5010, Conshohocken, PA 19428; or American Heart Association , 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.

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