Merrill, Iowa - Charles Edward Ashley, 71, of Merrill, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, Oct. 16, 2006, at his home.
Charles Edward Ashley was born Nov. 21, 1934, at Leeds, Iowa, the first son of Marvin and Dorothy (Court) Ashley. He grew up in Anthon and attended Anthon High School. He graduated from Anthon High School on May 20, 1953. He served from 1957 to 1959 with the United States Army in Anchorage, Alaska. Ed was honorably discharged from the Reserves in 1963.
Ed was united in marriage to Connie Lewis on Jan. 15, 1961. Ed and Connie were blessed with three wonderful children; JoLynne, Tim, and Tom. Ed worked for Quaker Oats in Anthon until his transfer to Hancock, Minn. He and his family then returned to Anthon where he began working for Terra Chemical International in Anthon and was transferred to Merrill until his retirement in 2000.
Ed enjoyed bowling, golfing, tinkering in the garage, woodworking, writing short stories and spending time with his four grandchildren. He was a wonderful husband father, grandfather and brother. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Connie of Merrill; a daughter, JoLynne Reimert of Anthon; a son and his wife, Tim and Terri Ashley of Ames, and a son, Tom Ashley of Merrill; four grandchildren, Brittany Reimert of Anthon, Anthony and Anna Ashley of Ames and Sam Ashley of Holstein; three brothers, Bill (Betty) Ashley of Mapleton, Charlie (Diane) Ashley of Woodbine and Art (Dee) Ashley of Anthon; four sisters, Beverly (Les) Hueser of Hubbard, Jean (Rich) Petersen of Anthon, Joyce (Cal) Gothier of Anthon, and Sheryl Ashley of Anthon, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, and an infant grandson, Mason Ashley.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Anthon United Methodist Church, Anthon, with Pastor Mike Inman and Pastor Vickie Steffes officiating. Burial will be in the Fairfield Cemetery, Rock Branch, rural Correctionville, with military graveside honors provided by the American Legion McNiff Post #389 of Anthon. Visitation will be today (Wednesday) at the Anthon United Methodist Church from 4 to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. and a time of remembrance at 7:30 p.m. with Pastor Sheryl Ashley officiating. Armstrong Funeral Home of Anthon is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Hospice Program.