Ron Ahlberg was taken to his eternal rest yesterday at home. Ron was 58 years old, and had been expected not to live past age 18. He was one of “Jerry’s Kids,” and was always recognized at church when entering on his motorized wheelchair.
Ron found great joy in serving as a Sunday School teacher of the older children at Bethany. He considered it important to engage his students with interesting and practical lessons, applying the Bible to their lives. He had a broad experience in various areas, including broadcasting and public service with The Dalles Parks and Recreation. His wisdom and experience were important blessings at Bethany’s meetings.
Ron’s faith and character were evident in his unwillingness to quit or give up, despite greater challenges than most people experience. He looked forward to eternal life, and having the full use of his body after the resurrection. His confidence came from the certain forgiveness of sins he received in God’s Word. Ron bore his crosses with great perseverance and faith, never content to be a burden upon others, but always advocating for those he could help while doing even more to care for himself and his family than seemed possible.
One of Ron’s great joys was becoming an adoptive father, a near-miraculous gift of God in his life. He dearly loved his family: Jill, Mara, and Zeke. He prayed for them always, and did everything he could to be a conscientious, diligent, Christian husband and father. He will be missed.
Our joy is seeing the fulfillment of God’s mercies toward Ron as he receives the crown of victory and life. He awaits only the glorious resurrection now, when his body will be raised up whole and perfect, and death will trouble us no more. In Christ, we are certain to see Ron again.
Please pray for Ron’s family in their grief at his loss. Plans for his funeral will be announced through other channels at Bethany.
As St. Paul wrote, so Ron’s voice rings in our ears, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8)
Blessed in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints. Psa 116:15