Carey L. Ahlers, Sr., 77, of Worthington, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, March 7, at MercyOne in Dubuque. He is now with the love of his life, Darlene.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held from 12-5 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Worthington City Hall in Worthington. The Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family.

Carey L. Ahlers was born Feb. 8, 1944, in Farley, son of Lawrence and Edna (Klein) Ahlers. On April 4, 1964, he was united in marriage to Darlene K. “Kay” Tobin of Worthington, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Worthington. She preceded him in death Feb. 5, 2019.

He spent most of his life working for the Dubuque County Road Department. In his spare time, he loved to hunt, fish, barbeque and spend time with his grandchildren and his pal “Buddy.”

He is survived by five children: Carey (Deana) Ahlers, Jr. of Worthington, Curt (Angie) Ahlers of Marion, Crystal (Rick) Thompson of Cedar Rapids, Carmen (and friend, Rod Friedlein) of Dyersville and Cher (Craig) Brimeyer of Farley; 12 grandchildren: Ashley, Courtney, Dean, Josh, Jesse, Nicole, Tiffany, Tyler, Alivia, Brandon, Brooke and Ellie; 11 great-grandchildren: Ariah, Bentley, Oliver, Selena, Mia, Jackson, Kennedy, Jaylinn, Rayne, Ivy Rose and Stella; two step grandchildren; and six step great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Margie Althoff of Manchester; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a brother, Lawrence (Mary) Ahlers; sisters, Marcille (Laverne) Pins and Janice Geers; sisters-in-law, Gladys (Robert) Jaeger, Del Rose (Ernie) Ostwinkle, and Shirley (Gilbert) Rave; brothers-in-law, Sylvester Tobin, Alfred Jr. (Anna Mae) Tobin and Clarence Althoff.

The family would like to thank the Worthington Fire Department and the BiCounty Ambulance staff for the special care they gave to Carey.

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