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AHRENHOLZ, Henry Oscar 1921-1953


Posted By: K.L. Kittleson
Date: 7/2/2013 at 12:54:25

Henry Ahrenholz and Leo Schleusner die


Leo Schleusner, 47, and Henry O. Ahrenholz, 31, were severely burned Wednesday when a fuel oil drum exploded while Schleusner was welding: it. Fire Chief Ray Tiller said fuel oil vapors still in the drum apparently ignited from the heat of the welding torch, causing the flash fire which burned the men.

Henry O. Ahrenholz, 31, of 2101 Burton Ave., is at Allen Memorial hospital, Waterloo, where he was taken Wednesday after he suffered burns over 80 per cent of his body in a welding shop explosion. Ahrenholz, who is reported to be in critical condition, was burned when a large oil drum exploded while Leo Schleusner, 47, of 1016 Sycamore St., was welding it. Schleusner, owner of the Waterloo Welding Service, died at St. Francis Hospital Thursday afternoon.

[Waterloo Daily Courier, Thurs. Aug. 13, 1953]

2nd Victim
of Welding
Blast Dies

Henry Oscar Ahrenholz, 31, of 2101 Burton Ave., who suffered severe burns Wednesday when a fuel oil drum exploded while it was being welded, died at 6:23 a. m. Monday at Allen Memorial hospital from the effects of his injuries.

Ahrenholz and Leo Schleusner, 48, who died Thursday afternoon, both suffered second and third degree burns when the drum which Schleusner was welding for Ahrenholz exploded.

Funeral services were held Monday morning for Schleusner, who operated the Waterloo Welding Co. at 1018 Sycamore St. Ahrenholz was the operator of a fuel, oil tank truck route.

Funeral services for Ahrenholz have been set for 2:30 p. m. Wednesday at Western Avenue Gospel Hall. Burial will be in the Midwest Garden of Memories.

Henry Oscar Ahrenholz was born November 9, 1921, at Stout, Iowa, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Ahrenholz. On Jan. 12, 1946, he married Catherine Hollopeter in Waterloo He owned the Ahrenholz Concrete Block Co. and had an oil company franchise. He had been a resident of Waterloo for the past 21 years. He was in the navy for two years during World War II, the last year and a half in the Naval air corps. He was a member of Western Avenue Gospel hall, the Chamber of Commerce and the Farm Bureau.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Janice Kay and Mary Anne; a son, David Henry; three brothers, Andrew of 1312 Forrest Ave.; Marian, 1557 Hawthorne Ave., and Donald, 515 Mitchel Ave.; a sister, Mrs. Albert Nesbil of 727 Johnson; his parents of 515 Mitchell Ave.; a grandmother, Mrs Mary Ahrenholz of New Hartford and a grandfather, Henry Oudekurk, of Albert Lea, Minn.

[Waterloo Daily Courier, Monday, August 17, 1953]


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