Maj. Gen. Alfred F. Ahner

Maj. Gen. Alfred F. Ahner, 88, of Indianapolis, IN, and a native of Huntington, IN, died Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 21, 2010.

He was the longest serving adjutant general of Indiana in the history of the state, having been appointed to five terms in the state's highest military position by four different governors for a total of 15 years.

Maj. Gen. Ahner was a veteran of World War II and served as the first de-Nazification officer over the American Zone of Vienna, Austria. He received numerous awards and commendations for his service. He was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Indiana Army National Guard on Jan. 27, 1948, and taught for six years in the Frankfort schools before being appointed as a full-time member of the Indiana National Guard in 1953.

He served in a variety of staff positions at the company, battalion and state levels before being appointed by Gov. Harold Handley as adjutant general on Aug. 16, 1960, and serving until Jan. 8, 1961. He was re-appointed as adjutant general on Aug. 1, 1972, by Gov. Edgar D. Whitcomb and served until his retirement on June 30, 1986.

After retirement, he was active in the philanthropic efforts of the Indianapolis Service Club, particularly the raising of funds for the USS Indianapolis memorial. He was also active in many other community, military and educational organizations. He was a member of the Third Christian Church and a lifelong member of the American Legion.

Maj. Gen Ahner graduated from the University of Indianapolis and received his master's degree from Butler University. He received honorary doctorates from Indiana Central University and from the University of Indianapolis.

He was born Nov. 12, 1921, in Huntington to Ray and Katheryn Ahner.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Betty Ahner; two sons, Mark Ahner and Michael Ahner; a sister, Eula Pointer; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Calling is Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Shirley Brothers Fishers-Castleton Chapel, 9900 Allisonville Rd., Indianapolis. A service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery, Indianapolis.

Preferred memorials are gifts to the University of Indianapolis, Corporate Office, 9606 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46229.