Ervin ‘Swede’ V. Ahrndt

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February 26, 1936 • October 17, 2018

Ervin “Swede” V. Ahrndt, 82, of Isanti, Minnesota (formerly of Herman) passed away in his home under Hospice Care, October 17, 2018 following a three-year battle with lung cancer.

Interment was by private ceremony October 22, 2018 at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery.  There was a Celebration of Life October 23 at the VFW Post #2735 in Isanti.  Military honors were provided by VFW Post #2735.

Swede was born February 26, 1936 in Benson, Minnesota to his parents, Ernie and Edna Ahrndt (deceased).  He joined the USAF in 1954 and served his country for 20 years before retiring at Fairchild AFB in Spokane, Washington.

Swede is survived by his spouse, Linda (Schacherer) Ahrndt; his daughter, Vanessa (Ahrndt) McDonald, Seattle, WA; two sons: Mark (Karen) Ahrndt, Port Angeles, WA, and Scott (Deanna) Ahrndt, Spokane, WA; two stepsons: Todd (Kris) Knutson, New Prague, and Bradley Knutson, Phoenix, AZ; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 

Also surviving him in death are two sisters: JoAnn Tucholke, Appleton, and Barb Schluter, Starbuck; two brothers: DuWayne “Butch” (Donna) Ahrndt, Deephaven, and David (Barbara) Ahrndt, Camilla, GA; along with many nieces and nephews.

Swede was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  After retiring, he spent time doing his favorite activities: traveling, woodworking, gardening and fishing.  He was a straight shooter who told you exactly how it was…according to Swede!  Swede was always looking out for his neighbors and lent a helping hand without anyone asking for it.  He always had a solution for the problem.  We will fondly remember that he thought he could wear white socks for any occasion.  He will be missed by all who knew him.  Above all, Swede was proudest of serving and supporting this country we love.

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