Saturday, November 9, 2013

Dean V. Ashton

Dean V. Ashton 
1939-2013

Dean V. Ashton, 74, of McDonald, suffered a heart attack and died in the mountains of White River National Forest, Colo., while hunting Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. He was with his sons, Jeff and Eric, Jeff's father-in-law, Ron, and friends James and Jack. Dean would never pass up a hunt. Loving the outdoors, he enjoyed and learned the most primitive ways of hunting and fishing.

Dean was born July 6, 1939, in New York City, the son of the late Vincent and Helen Harley Ashton.

He graduated from Liberty High School in 1958. He then went to work at Packard Electric as a carpenter and retired after 37 years in 2002.

Dean was a member of St. Rose Church in Girard. He was a Mason of the William Farr Lodge 672; a Shriner for 27 years; and a member of Vienna Fish and Game Club, National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, Primitive Rendezvous, Black Powder Hunting Association, the Contemporary Long Rifle Association and Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Youngstown.
Dean and Rose Marie Ragazzine Ashton were married Aug. 1, 1981, celebrating 32 years of marriage this past August.

Dean leaves his wife, Rose of McDonald; their son, Jeff (Jackie) Ashton of Cortland; Rose's children who they raised together, daughter Michelle (Tracey) Mitchell-Titus of McDonald and son Eric (Dana) Mitchell of Girard; Dean's children, Dean (Karen) V. Ashton of Elgin, Ill., Joan Ashton, James (Lisa) Ashton of Brookfield and Lori (Mark) Ashton-Voytik of Hermitage, Pa.; a sister, Diane Hawkins of Hubbard; and a brother, Dave Ashton of Youngs-town. Dean loved and cherished all his grandchildren, Ashley, Malia, Matthew, Alexis, Cheyenne, Cailey, McKenna, Miley, Ashton, Jeffrey, Maci and a newborn due in December. "The loss of a great man, a loving husband, father and grandfather, Dean was an inspiration to everyone he met. He treasured his family, friends, loved working in his workshop and enjoyed bike night riding on his Harley. Instilling hard work, determination, respect and love in all the members of his family, Dean was loved by all and will be in our hearts forever, till we meet again. Love your family."

Dean was preceded in death by his parents and twin grandsons, Caiden and Colton Ashton. A Masonic service will be at 8 p.m. Friday held by the William Farr Lodge 672.

A funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Rose Church in Girard, with prayers at 10 a.m. at McClurkin before church Mass. Burial is in Girard City Cemetery.

Copy from the Tribune Chronicle.

Dean will be missed at the Lake Cumberland Show and the CLA Show.

Please join us in sending condolences to his family and his wife, Rose.

Eternal rest grant unto Dean, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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