Winton Ahlstrom passed away peacefully on April 11, 2017. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, April 22nd at 11:00 a.m. at Johnson County Memorial Gardens, 11200 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS. A reception will follow the service.
Win was born Dec. 10, 1919 in Kansas City, MO to Mildred and Carl Ahlstrom. He had 4 sisters and 1 brother. As a teenager he enjoyed living on a farm near Olathe and worked to help support the family during the Great Depression. He served honorably in World War II as a transportation sergeant in the Army. He received a master’s degree in psychology and also did doctoral work in psychology at the University of Kansas. He worked as a probation officer. He then joined the Institute for Community Studies, which later merged with the UMKC educational developmental disabilities department. He co-wrote a book entitled “400 Losers”, a case study about delinquent youth. He worked with groups like “The Whole Person” to help people with disabilities.
Win married Jean McCormick in 1952. He adopted her son Steve, and they had 2 sons, Rick and Andy. In 1974 he married Beverly Spencer and gained 2 stepdaughters, Diane and Lauren. Win valued his family and often spoke about how much family meant to him and Beverly. He had a good sense of humor and loved to banter. He was a good listener and a compassionate man. He was also a strong, independent man who survived adversity in his life and rarely complained. Win loved to go to Colorado with his children. In his later years he and Beverly enjoyed traveling to Canada, Europe, and Sweden. They were also regulars at the Missouri Rep due to their love of theater. They were members of Village Presbyterian Church and volunteered in programs at the church.
Win was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Betty, Ward, Mary ,Sylvia, and Shirley, sons Steve and Andy, and his first wife Jean of 17 years and Beverly of 40 years.
He is survived by his son Rick Ahlstrom, stepdaughters Lauren (Tom) Mitchelson, Diane (Ira) Miller, grandsons Mark and Eric Miller, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the Overland Park Nursing and Rehab Center staff, especially James and Frank, for their tender care of Win. The staff commented that it was touching to see how often they saw Win and Beverly holding hands when they lived there.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the food pantry at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66208.