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January 27, 2013

Paul Arrow Ahlstrom

HORTON — Paul Arrow Ahlstrom, 71, of Horton, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Cherry Hill Haven, Traverse City. Paul was born on Feb. 23, 1941, to Warren and A. Jayne Ahlstrom. Paul taught biology for over 40 years at Hanover-Horton High School, affecting the lives of many students with his tough classes and crazy antics. He also owned a garage door business for many years.

Paul loved God and he loved people. He liked a seat at the family table of any local restaurant, a roaring campfire and a tractor show with friends. Paul enjoyed his time in Florida each Christmas.

Paul was a Gideon and a member of Ganson Street Baptist Church for many years.

Paul is survived by Colleen, his wife of 47 years; his children, Troy Ahlstrom (Sibel), of Traverse City, Heather Jose (Larry), of Lake Isabella, and Josh Ahlstrom (Brooke), of Noblesville, Ind. He was loved by his six grandchildren, Sydney, Lily, Ty, Kellen, Cade and Ansley.

The family would like to thank Johnny and Jerome for their amazing love and care as well as Hospice of Michigan and Cherry Hill Haven. Because of you, Paul enjoyed every day.

An informal gathering with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at the Ganson Street Baptist Church, Jackson. A celebration of Paul's life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at the Ganson Street Baptist Church, Jackson.

Contributions can be made to or CurePSP, 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093.

Please visit Paul's webpage at to sign the guestbook or share a message or memory with his family.

The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City, to handle the arrangements.

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