Ernest Ahlvers

?Ernest H. Ahlvers

April 26, 1928 – February 16, 2015

Ernest H. Ahlvers, a life long Clallam County resident, was born April 26, 1928 to Henry and Delia (Hendrickson) Ahlvers.

He attended schools in Carlsborg and Sequim graduating in 1946 and remained a member of their Alumni Association.

He took a summer job with Rayonier Mill and retired from there in 1990 with 44 years which included his 4 years in the Air Force.

He met Jane Conley of Port Townsend on a blind date in January 1947 and they were married November 5, 1949.

They enjoyed driving trips all over the South West,

visiting all the parks and Indian ruins while you could still go into them – later, there were may trips to Reno and Las Vegas.

During the Korean conflict he was a B26 Gunner, flying 50 combat missions with the 3rd Bomb Wing Night Intruders out of Kunsan, Korea. The B26 was a light fighter-bomber with a 3 man crew.

He flew his 50th combat mission the night before the cease fire.

Among his medals and awards he was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters. He was proudest of his Gunner Wings.

Some B26’s can still be found in use as crop dusters and in South American Air Forces.

He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Eagles #483, American Legion #29 and a life member to the Veterans of Foriegn Wars and Elks. He also belonged to Olympic Peninsula Sea Hawkers, Sequim Senior Center and Sequim Museum and Arts Center.

He is survived by his sister Elaine Stoner; several cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jane, and sister Marie Joslin.

At his request no service is scheduled.

If you wish, memorials can be made to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 E. 8th St., Port Angeles, WA 98362. They are always appreciated.