Jeffrey E. Ahl loved his family, the outdoors and his motorcycle.
“He loved everybody and always had a smile on his face,” said Maggie Garrison, his mother-in-law. “The old adage ‘The world is a better place for him being in it' is true.”
Ahl, 44, died Wednesday after his motorcycle collided with a car near 157th and Pacific Streets.
Garrison said Ahl, a husband and father of three, got to see a lot of special family moments.
“He got to see his little girl graduate from grade school, got to see his son graduate from college and his daughter's first prom,” she said.
She said Ahl had a “deep faith that was reflected in the way he lived.”
In his free time, he helped out with the Burke High School Marching Band, in which his daughter played.
Ahl also enjoyed the outdoors and riding his motorcycle. He was a proponent of motorcycle safety, Garrison said.
“He loved his motorcycle — he was thrilled whenever he got to ride it,” she said. “He took the safety class before he would even take it out on the road. He always stressed safety with everybody.”
Ahl worked at Immanuel Communities, where he was director of construction and environmental services.
Other survivors include his wife, Deborah; children, Joshua, Madison and Hannah; parents, Max and Sandy Ahl; brother, Gregory Ahl; sister, Candace Sadofsky; and father-in-law, Dennis Garrison.
His funeral service was held Saturday at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 15050 West Maple Road. Memorials may be sent to the Immanuel Community Foundation or Burke High School Marching Band.
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