Obituary of Samuel R. Ahnemann
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Samuel Robert Ahnemann was born on 9/27/94 in Clinton, Missouri and died on 4/25/2020 at 25 years of age in Seattle, Washington. As a child he loved turtles, trucks and his bears: Mouse Bear, White Bear and Jason. He was on the Dolphins swim team, Park and Rec Basketball, Clinton Youth League Football, and the Eagles Little League baseball team. He attended both Henry Elementary as well as CCA. In middle school he continued with football, track and basketball as well as traveling basketball, the traveling Coconuts baseball team and Truman Lake Baseball. In high school he played baseball as well as football, lettering 3 years in football, playing running back, free safety and was quarterback his senior year. He was awarded Academic Excellence all the years he attended CHS. His favorite teachers were Susan Potter, Kathy Loyd, and Jonathan Barber. He graduated from Clinton High School in 2013. He attended the University of Central Missouri majoring in Criminal Justice. He was passionate about prison reform and his favorite mentor was Dr. Ashley Wellman. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2019, he moved to Seattle, Washington, taking a job with AmeriCorps tutoring science and helping coach the Bulldog’s football team and supervise the weightlifting program at Garfield High School. At the time of his death he was preparing to move to Santa Barbara, California to further his education. He loved traveling with his mother and together they went to Haiti, New York City, Texas and Seattle. His favorite place on earth was Colorado, specifically Wind River Ranch in Estes Park, a Christian family ranch where he spent every vacation for 12 years. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior on June 29, 2003 and followed with a believer’s baptism. He was a member of First Baptist Church and was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He refereed basketball, was a dedicated weight lifter, an excellent cook, an avid golfer. He loved hunting, fishing, the Mizzou Tigers, and the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. Most of all he loved his momma. He was preceded in death by his uncle Doug, his paternal grandmother Dorothy Parent, his uncle Mike Gregory and his “Papa” Tony Ahnemann who died one month before Sam on 3/25/2020. He is survived by his mother Janet (Eric) Hankins, Clinton, MO; his siblings Doug Ahnemann, Mission, KS; Hailey Hankins, KC, MO; Tylor Hankins, Clinton, MO; Rachel Hankins (Al), Springfield, MO; Sarah (Stephen) Price, Louisville, KY; grandmothers Roberta Ahnemann, Olathe, KS; and Marguerite (Bob) Hankins, Montrose, MO; aunts and uncles Gregg (Danna) Ahnemann, Linn Valley, KS; Debbie (Scott) Sodergren, Breckenridge, CO; Keith (Marilyn) Hankins, Stockton, MO; Clayton Hankins, Smithville, MO; Vicky Gregory, Deepwater, MO; Jane (David) Braverman, Overland Park, KS; Beth Parent Bishop, Maitland, FL; cousins Diana (Eric) Torgerson, St Paul, MN; John Ahnemann, St Paul, MN; Katie Sodergren, Breckenridge, CO; Kelsey, Cody and Amanda Hankins, Smithville, MO; Stacy (James) Hinkle, Clinton, MO; Lane Hankins, Greenfield, MO; Jill (Jack) Scheidt, Stockton, MO; Robert (Kim) Gregory, Deepwater, MO; Misty (Ryan)Thompson, Quincy, MO; Rebecca (Ryan) Braverman Olson, Los Angeles, CA; Erica Braverman, Overland Park, KS; Ian, Connor and Spencer Bishop, Maitland, FL; his mother’s cousins Kay Lee (Dave) Ahnemann, Goleta, CA; Karen (Ted) Garrett, Albuquerque, NM; David Pointelin, Shawnee,KS; nieces and nephews Kellen Hankins, Cedric Smith, Becca Price, and Juliette Price; lifelong friends Garrison Wells and Geoff Rhoads; and Seattle friends Mitchell Webb, Sarah Amador, and Makena Gadient. He was a wonderful son, brother, grandson, cousin, Uncle Sam and friend; we will miss him greatly and were so blessed to have him as long as we did. Two hours before he died he made a final Facebook post to his Papa: “Papa I know you just 3 putted double bogeyed a Par 3 in heaven, keep it up. Love and miss you can’t wait till we’re reunited so I can beat you up and down Heavens Country Club.” He is at peace with his Papa, and if there is a golf course in heaven they are playing the back nine now and talking about the Chiefs winning the Super Bowl. Joint memorial services for Tony and Sam will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 2020 at the Benson Center, 1008 East Sedalia Avenue, Clinton, MO, with social distancing being observed and wearing of masks is requested. Please provide your own mask, if not, one will be provided. To enable the community to join in the celebration for Sam and Tony’s lives, memorial services will be streamed live at the time of the service from Sam’s Tribute Page and from Tony’s Tribute page at www.bradleyhadley.com. Memorial Contributions in Tony’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Memorial contributions in Sam’s name may be made to Wind River Ranch/Sam Ahnemann Memorial Fund. These donations may be left in care of the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. During this difficult time, you may show your support from home by submitting a message to our “Hugs From Home” program where your message will be attached to a balloon to remind the family of your love and support. Condolences and “Hugs From Home” messages may be left online at www.bradleyhadley.com.