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David Ahlum

d. September 17, 2021

David R Ahlum, 70 passed away on September17, 2021 after a five year battle with PSP.  He was born on July 3, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pa. to Aaron and Josephine Ahlum. He graduated in 1968 from Girard College in Philadelphia, went to Trinidad Junior College in Colorado for 2 years and then came to see a friend in Columbus where he stayed. He enrolled at OSU, graduated in Landscape Horticulture and became a lifelong Buckeye fan.  Where he never missed a game since enrolling at OSU.

In 1976 Dave founded Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation.  He was involved in starting the certified arborist program for the Ohio Chapter. He was one of the first to compete local and nationwide in tree climbing competitions thru the Ohio Chapter, and International Society of Arboriculture and was involved in local, state, and national associations regarding tree care and preservation. He sat on the Hilliard Shade Tree Commission and consulted for the City of Bexley on street trees for years. He was involved with the Hilliard Lions, coached soccer, enjoyed fishing and playing golf.

He was preceded in death of both parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Lana Ahlum; son, Chris Ahlum (Heather); daughter, Amy Parton (Daniel); grandkids Isabella and Landen Ahlum. His twin brother Michael Ahlum, sisters, Carol (Bob) Hanson, Sandra (Lent) Johnson, Mary Ahlum, nieces and nephews.

Special thanks for the staff at Walnut Trail and Capital City Hospice for making his stay comfortable.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Friday 10/1/21 from 6-8 p.m. at Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203 at The Wells Barn.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cure PSPS

or Chadwick Arboretum at OSU


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