Marion-Robert “Bob” Dale Ashe, child of God for 86 years, passed away at his home on Thursday, October 6, 2016.
Bob was born on June 26, 1930 in Harrisburg to Barney and Maude Ashe. He married Marilyn (Warburton) Ashe on June 7, 1951 and they remained a devoted couple until Marilyn’s death in 2010.
Bob was a founding member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marion and remained a member there until his death. After serving in the U.S. Army for three years, Bob worked as an above ground manager in the mines, leading to a sales position with the Lee-Norse and Ingersol-Rand companies selling mining equipment until his retirement. Bob enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating and playing cards. Nothing gave him more pleasure than spending time with his family.
He is survived by his three sons, Steve (Connie) Ashe of Marion; Richard Ashe of Marion and Dan (Sandy) Ashe of Martinez, CA; six grandchildren: Matthew (Andrina) Ashe of Choctaw, OK; Lauren (Michael) Joseph of San Francisco, CA; Benjamin Ashe of Tulsa, OK; Stephanie (Adam) Brown of Champaign, IL; Meredith Ashe of Marion and Paul Ashe of Washington, D.C. and six great grandchildren: Marlie Ashe, Alia Ashe, Brenley Ashe, Elise Brown, Kenton Brown and Julia Joseph. Also surviving are his sister in law and brother in law, Linda and Marlin Cone of Weatherby Lake, MO and many nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; his parents, Barney and Maude Ashe; brother, Richard Ashe and sisters, Virginia Boyett and Dorothy Mitchell.
Having built his home at the Lake of Egypt, Bob happily lived there for 43 years. He derived great satisfaction in crappie fishing and frying them for his family and friends. Many wonderful memories were made at the annual Ashe 4th of July celebration, swimming and diving off “The Rock” and having the “You Gotta Wait Till Dark” fireworks. Bob was well known for and will be lovingly remembered for his sweet talk and sweet tooth.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 10am at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marion. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday, October 10, 2016 from 5pm-8pm at Blue Funeral Home in Marion.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or Marion Medical Mission and will be accepted at the church or Blue Funeral Home/PO Box 411/Marion, IL 62959.
For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit bluefuneralhome.com