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Michael Benjamin Ash

6 agosto , 193516 julio , 2021
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Michael (Mike) B. Ash, Major, United States Army (Retired), passed away July 16, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Mike was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on August 6, 1935 to Clifford F. Ash and Laura Y. (Meunier) Peterson. Mike was a proud American who served his country for 24 years as an active member of the Army, United States Army Reserve and the Minnesota National Guard. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars and was awarded numerous medals and awards during his Military career, most notably the Bronze Star with “V” device (Valor) for Heroism in Ground Combat and the Purple Heart while serving in Vietnam. Mike retired from active duty in October 1977 with a permanent disability and started a second career as a civil engineer with the Department of the Army, working an additional 26 years, retiring in September 2003. Mike was preceded in death by his parents and step-father Kenneth W. Peterson. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Ersilia (Ceil) of Austin, TX; his brother, Clifford F. Ash and wife Mildred of Minneapolis, MN; son Michael A. Ash and wife Joyce of Cecelia, KY ; daughter Denise R. Watkins and husband Kenneth of Austin, TX; daughter Stephanie A. Bent and husband Donald of Bend, OR; son James A. Ash and wife Julie of Goodyear, AZ; son John E. Ash of Austin, TX; son Nicholas G. Ash of Austin, TX, son Matthew V. Ash of Austin, TX; son Christopher M. Ash of Austin, TX; seven grandchildren, Clinton Ash, Curtis Ash, Erin Bent, Whitney Ash, Kenneth Bent, Kenneth Ash, Cody Hastings; and three great-daughters Hayden, Emmy and Myla. Mike enjoyed various pursuits. He enjoyed playing poker with the same group of friends for over 15 years in Springfield, VA and with another group in Austin. Mike was a San Francisco 49er faithful even after moving from the Bay Area. After relocating to Texas, Mike became a big fan of the San Antonio Spurs basketball team. Mike loved all of his pets but had a particular fondness for our sweet one-eyed pup Wink. In addition, Mike had a passion for travel and loved river cruising, visiting the European Christmas markets. Mike’s favorite trip was an African safari, the highlight of which was roaming the African bush with Sylvester, the orphaned cheetah ambassador of The Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) Wildlife Trust. Friends are invited to a visitation with the family from 4:00 o’clock to 7:00 o’clock on Thursday, July 22, 2021, at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, Lakeway, TX. Internment services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA, on a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers and customary remembrance, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to: Forgotten Friends Rescue, c/o Deborah Ullrich, P. O. Box 1395, Leander, TX 78641, http://forgottenfriendstx.org/donate or your favorite animal shelter.

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  • Mike was preceded in death by his parents and step-father Kenneth W. Peterson. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Ersilia (Ceil) of Austin, TX; his brother, Clifford F. Ash and wife Mildred of Minneapolis, MN; son Michael A. Ash and wife Joyce of Cecelia, KY ; daughter Denise R. Watkins and husband Kenneth of Austin, TX; daughter Stephanie A. Bent and husband Donald of Bend, OR; son James A. Ash and wife Julie of Goodyear, AZ; son John E. Ash of Austin, TX; son Nicholas G. Ash of Austin, TX, son Matthew V. Ash of Austin, TX; son Christopher M. Ash of Austin, TX; seven grandchildren, Clinton Ash, Curtis Ash, Erin Bent, Whitney Ash, Kenneth Bent, Kenneth Ash, Cody Hastings; and three great-daughters Hayden, Emmy and Myla.

Servicios

  • Visitation

    jueves, 22 julio , 2021

  • Visitation

    jueves, 22 julio , 2021

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Nicholas Ash

16 agosto , 2021

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Vincent Bonfitto

13 agosto , 2021

Mike was a good-natured and generous host whenever I came to visit. His house was my house! I was wined and dined and taken to see the local sights. His humor and repartee was in a class by itself and made any activity more fun, especially when playing UNO. He had a reassuring presence, and it was clear he loved his wife, family and home very much. He will surely be missed.

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Janet Platosz

11 agosto , 2021

Dear Ceil and Family,
Watching the memorial video struck me that Mike lived a most incredible life, and lived it to the fullest.
What a testament to him that he was surrounded by so many people that he loved and obviously loved him back!
What impressed me most about Mike (not to mention his awesome sense of humor), was his ability to form an instant connection to people. He was most certainly someone that from the first time I met him, made me feel that I had known him for years.
Mike will long be remembered and missed!
Love, Janet

Rita Bonfitto

9 agosto , 2021

What I remember most about Mike is his sense of humor. Every time I saw him, he had lots of new jokes. His delivery was impeccable, he never cracked a smile while the rest of us were roaring. He was something.
Rest in peace, Mike. We'll miss you.

Bill Bonfitto

9 agosto , 2021

Mike was the funniest person I ever met. I remember being in D.C. for a conference and Mike and Ceil took me out to the Officers' Club at Fort Myer. After dinner, we went into the lounge and noticed a man at the piano conducting a sing-a-long of old favorites. A small group was gathered around him singing, so Mike decided to do his famous hound dog imitation and joined in. The crowd at the piano began looking for the dog that sounded to be in distress. I lost it and couldn't stop laughing. Ceil was laughing pretty hard too, but Mike kept a straight face throughout. I'll never know how he was able to do that. The next time I hear a dog howl, I'll look upwards and wait to hear the laughing. Thank You Mike.

Chris Ash

27 julio , 2021

Dad,
To the man who taught me to be a man. You were above and beyond what a father is. You were there for me for my games, for my academics, for my career and life. I will miss you, but I will always have a space for you in my heart.

Love always - Chris

Ersilia Ash

27 julio , 2021

Mike,
In the early days we loved picnicking in Golden Gate Park. It was our favorite weekend destination. We would sit on a hill overlooking the bay and bridge. Beautiful and peaceful. We feasted on salami, bread, cheese, and wine. What a place; what a time.
Love you always, Ceil/Ersilia

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