Stephen Ahrens-Myers


A Celebration of Life for 30-year old Stephen Ahrens-Myers will be held Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 3:00 at the Hay Springs Senior Center, 125 N. Main St, Hay Springs, NE.

A potluck will follow. Everyone is asked to bring their own table-settings as well as their favorites foods and dishes to add to the epicurean bounty.

Friends/family can honor Stephen by planting trees and giving life or by making donations in Stephen’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project or other charities of your choice.


Stephen Eric Ahrens-Myers came into this world on 1/9/91, in Chadron, NE.  He chose to leave this world on 6/4/21 in Rapid City, SD. 

Stephen’s parents are Heather Ahrens of Nebraska and Rob Myers of South Dakota.  

Stephen was a gentle, loving, & caring soul from the moment he was conceived. 

From Stephen’s youth, he shared a life with his Ahrens & Myers Families and was a true treasure to all- not to mention the countless other people whose lives he touched in person and online.

Stephen attended elementary school through his high school graduation (in 2009) at the Douglas School System in Box Elder, SD.  After his HS graduation, In typical Stephen style, he attended both SDSU in Brookings, SD, and later, the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE.  

Stephen also went through the US Army Basic Training program, however, due to a serious injury he suffered while at SDSU, he wasn’t able to complete all the physical requirements to enter Army life as a career.

Stephen not only lived in Nebraska & South Dakota, he also traveled extensively with both his families as well as on his own.  He visited nearly all 50 of the United States.  He was a “Jack of many trades and mastered a few”.  

One of his greatest traits was the way he put people and animals at ease!  He was a published poet.  Stephen was also an avid gamer and online gaming was a big part of his life.  He had his own Twitch feed and hosted games on other forums. 

For those who knew and loved him, he will most likely be remembered as “Yeti, the gentle giant.”  He was very intelligent, very quick-witted, and very softhearted.  He will be greatly missed!!!

Stephen’s Ahrens family ~

Stephen leaves behind his mother, Heather Ahrens; his older brother Dennis (Carrie & Jaxson) Jacob; and his younger sister, Kenzy Petty.  Also, his cousins, Megan (Robert) Lira and Patricia Kendall; his Aunt Louise (Dave) Hitchcock and daughter, Krista (Darian); his Aunt Stephony (Rob) Reed and Stephony’s sons, John and Jeremiah Hinrichs; and his Aunt Gretchen (Jay) Lees.

Of his Ahrens family, Stephen was preceded in death by his Grandparents, Herb & Donna Ahrens; his Aunt Lyla and her daughter,  Brittany Kendall-Kohen.

Stephen’s  Myers Family…

Stephen leaves behind his father, Robert (Amy) Myers and his youngest sister, Remington.  Also, his Great-Grandmother Sally Brotherton; his Grandmother Marty Myers; Aunt Kay Held; Aunt Becky(Tod) Pingrey and their children, Alexandrea, Kailynn, Patrick, Janessa, Nathan & Duke

On the Myers side, Stephen was preceded in death by his Great-Grandpa Don Brotherton and his Grandpa Terry Myers. 

Stephen also leaves behind the following considered kin, including his beloved dog, Triss; his Uncle Jack (Rox) Hinrichs; His Aunt Monica (Jim) Harmon; his Aunt Bren (Dan) Goeders; his Aunt Kerri (Gary) Caparoon and his Aunt Terri Heddleson plus many other relatives and countless friends!!!

Stephen’s family has asked that in lieu of flowers please heed the advice given by Stephen’s Grandpa…

Grandpa Herb, who left this world just months before Stephen arrived in life, suggested this…  “No sense in spending money on cut flowers that’re just gonna die for someone who’s already dead.  Instead, do something clever like plant a fruit tree or two.”  

With this advice in mind, the family asks that friends/family can honor Stephen by planting trees and thereby giving life or by making donations in Stephen’s name to Wounded Warrior Project or other charities of your choice.

“No person is truly ever gone.  Those who live no more will always echo within our thoughts, our words, and our hearts!!!”

Love, Always

H.E. Ahrens