OBITUARY

Arvin Ashby

October 7, 1925October 19, 2011

Arvin Ashby of McGregor passed away late Wednesday night, October 19, 2011, at the age of 86. Funeral services will be 3:00 P.M. Sunday, October 23, 2011, at Zion Lutheran Church under the direction of Cole Funeral Home, 1113 West Fifth Street, McGregor with Pastor Walter Klockers officiating. Interment will follow in McGregor Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 P.M. Saturday at Cole Funeral Home.

Mr. Ashby was born October 7, 1925, in Coryell County, Texas, the son of the late George and Mollie (Morrow) Ashby. He attended various school in Coryell County where he was reared. At the age of eighteen, he enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II. He spent two years on the battleship USS South Dakota. He was involved in many major naval battles in the South Pacific and was also in attendance at the signing of the Peace Treaty with Japan on September 2, 1945, in Toyko Bay. After being discharged, Arvin returned home and on August 30, 1947, married Norma Lee Fehler at Zion Lutheran Church in McGregor.

Much of Arvin’s life was engaged in farming and ranching. In 1963, he was awarded the Outstanding Young Farmers Award by the McGregor Chamber of Commerce. He stayed active in farming and ranching until ill health forced him to retire in 2005. Also preceding him in death were five sisters and a brother.

Survivors include his wife of sixty-four years, Norma Lee Ashby two daughters, Diane Hamilton and husband Jed of Cypress, Kathy Keel and husband Karl of Austin; two granddaughters, Angela Roush and husband Alfred of Tampa, Florida, Kara Keel of Austin, two grandsons, Adam Hamilton of Houston, Kameron Keel of Austin; two great grandsons, Alfred Roush II and Ansel Roush of Tampa Florida; a brother-in-law, Lavine Whitaker of Gatesville and many nieces and nephews.

For those desiring, the family has suggested Zion Lutheran Church 502 S. Tyler, McGregor, Texas 76657 or McGregor Ambulance Association in care of Mynette Taylor, 311 South main Street, McGregor, Texas 76657 for memorial contributions.

Services

  • Funeral Service Sunday, October 23, 2011
  • Visitation Saturday, October 22, 2011
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Liz, Pam, Debbie Silliman

October 24, 2011

The Silliman Family will always remember the wonderful times we had in McGregor at the Ashby's. Arvin had such a big heart. Norma Lee, our prayers are with you and your family.

Susan Phillips Calda

October 22, 2011

We always had so much fun with Arvin & all the Ashby's growing up. I learned so much when visiting the farm. Like how to drive, how to have fun every time we were there, how to eat because Norma Lee always fed us a lot, how to plant vegetables & pick them to eat with my daddy & Arvin & much more than I can list. Arvin will be so missed but there are so many great memories to keep alive! Love you all dearly!!!!

October 22, 2011

Kathy, Kara, Kameron and Karl, please know that our hearts ache for each of you. Our love is with you and you will remain in our prayers. Please give our love to your Mom and your sister and family. We love you. Aunt Boo and Uncle Jimmy

Karen Sohns

October 21, 2011

Norma, I am so sorry to read of your loss. He and Wayne used to have lots of laughs. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Johnny Bradshaw

October 21, 2011

Johnny and I are so sorry to hear of Arvin's passing. Johnny always thought the world of him. In my eye's Arvin helped Johnny to be the man he is today. If you ever need us for anything please call us. Take care and God bless you. Love Johnny and Donna Bradshaw and the boys

Johnny Bradshaw

October 21, 2011

Johnny and I are so sorry to hear of Arvin's passing. Johnny always thought the world of him. In my eye's Arvin helped Johnny to be the man he is today. If you ever need us for anything please call us. Take care and God bless you. Love Johnny and Donna Bradshaw and the boys

Ronny Bredemeyer

October 21, 2011

To Mrs. Ashby, the Family, and many,many friends. I'm very sorry to see/read of Arvin's passing. He was a fine Christian gentleman, and a good friend to many. He was a dedicated man to GOD, his Church,his Family, and the city of McGregor. GOD has blessed me by including Arvin in my life. We celebrate his life, mourn his passing, and rejoice that he has made it into Heaven. May GOD bless each of his family and many, many friends. Please remember all of the good times that you spent with him, and GOD will see you through. Ronny Bredemeyer(formerly of McGregor 20 years.).

Lois Crafton Hays

October 21, 2011

I will always remember my Dad, Joe Crafton talking about Mr. Ashby with respect and admiration. In 1962, when Daddy had a stroke, he came and brought money to Mother to help her with expenses. That is a true measure of a good and faithful man.

FROM THE FAMILY