The Life of John Arens
John Arens, a former Merchant Marine and Airborne Ranger, served his country in several branches of the armed forces. He excelled in dangerous assignments and mastered a variety of skills.
Arens is known for his book The Man-Eating Myth, a refutation of ritualistic cannibalism. It was widely published in academic journals and attracted attention from mainstream media.
Early Life and Education
John Ahrens was born on November 30, 1828, in Holstein, Germany. He grew up in the country and was educated in the local schools.
He came to America when he was twenty-seven years of age and settled in Staunton, Illinois, where he conducted a lumber business for about twenty years.
He also served as deputy sheriff under Sheriff Davenport and later Fahrenkrog. His devoted attention to his family was an example of sterling character that earned him respect and admiration among his peers. He is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic church in Remsen and has always taken an active interest in religious work. He and his wife are now retired. They live in Sandhill Gardens Retirement Home in Port Charlotte, Florida. They are survived by their children.
John Arens started out as a teenage Merchant Marine in World War II, went on to become an Airborne Ranger in the Korean War, spent 11 years as a Navy SCUBA diver in the Arctic and completed his 40-year military career as the captain of a fast transport ship during “Operation Desert Storm” in 1991.
He was also an avid singer and a fan of the music of Frank Sinatra. Despite the many challenges he faced throughout his career he never lost sight of the importance of family and friends, which he still carries with him today.
He was an Emmy Award winning weatherman who joined the Eyewitness News team in 2006. He is AMS certified as a broadcast meteorologist and has served viewers in a variety of ways including covering hurricanes like Isabel and Ophelia, and going down to Mississippi to witness Katrina’s wrath.
Achievements and Honors
Arens had an extraordinary career — from being a teenage Merchant Mariner in World War II to becoming an Airborne Ranger in Korea. He also went on to become a Navy SCUBA diver in the Arctic, skipper a Navy spy ship during Cold War times and eventually served as a captain of a fast transport ship in “Operation Desert Storm” in 1991.
As a NDSU alumnus, Arens remains active in his alma mater and has increased philanthropic support for the university. He has also aided in the development of a scholarship endowment for NDSU students studying abroad.
John Ahrens has a very happy and loving family life. He is a proud father of one daughter, Ahlay Faith Ahrens.
He is a certified meteorologist and has been working as a weekend weather news anchor for WSOC Eyewitness News since 2006. Prior to this, he had worked as a meteorologist for KTVO-TV in Kirksville, Missouri.
Ahrens is a US citizen and was born in July 1978. He has an average height and moderate weight.
In his spare time, he enjoys reading books, playing video games and spending time with his friends and family. He also loves to travel and watch movies. He is a member of St. Sebastian’s School and St. Bartholomew Parish in Newton, Massachusetts. He also serves as a full time chaplain at the school.
John Arens has accumulated a considerable fortune from his career as a meteorologist at WSOC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina. He earns an average salary of $70,319 annually.
Arens has also worked in the music industry, and is known for his album art and band merchandising work. His work can be found in numerous galleries throughout Los Angeles.
During his military career, Arens served as a Merchant Mariner in World War II, an Airborne Ranger in Korea, and completed his 40-year military career as the captain of a fast transport ship during “Operation Desert Storm” in 1991. He also spent 11 years as a Navy SCUBA diver in the Arctic.
Arens’s net worth is estimated at $5 Million. He is married to Sobrina Driver and they have a daughter named Ahlay Faith Ahrens.