Mr. William E. “Bill” Ashley, Jr., 91, of 320 E. Main St. Titusville, passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 1:10 PM surrounded by his family at the Titusville Area Hospital.
Bill was born on August 30, 1928 in Utica, NY, to the late William E. and Carolyn Eichler Ashley. He married Elenita Ward on May 29, 1954 in Utica.
He graduated from Utica Free Academy in 1948.
Bill was a veteran having served in the US Navy. He was a radioman 2nd class during the Korean Conflict and served aboard the USS Vogelgesang and USS Gearing. He entered the service on September 1, 1948 in Utica, NY and was honorably discharged on August 14, 1952 at Sep Cen Nas Norva.
He attended Utica College of Syracuse for 3 years. He was first employed at Special Metals in Utica, followed by Cannon-Muskegon Corp. in Muskegon, MI, Eastern Stainless Steel in Baltimore, MD, and was last employed at Universal Cyclops Specialty Steel Corp. for 22 years as a Melt Shop Supervisor. Bill retired on March 1, 1992.
Bill was a member of St. Titus Church, American Legion Post 368, duplicate bridge club, and the Elder Statesmen Golf League.
He enjoyed golfing, reading, crossword puzzles, nautilus training, walking, fishing, cross country skiing, and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins.
Bill is survived by his wife Elenita of Titusville; eight children, John Ashley and wife Nancy of Allentown, Christopher Ashley and wife Rose of Beavercreek, OH, Tim Ashley and wife Cheryl of Troy, NY, Peter Ashley and companion Ellen Lafond of Liverpool, NY, Paul Ashley and wife, Jennifer of Nazareth, PA, Richard Ashley and wife Lauri of Dacula GA, Eileen Shaw and husband Ralph of Aurora, CO, and Kathleen Martin and husband Scott of Las Vegas, NV; 20 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren; close friends, Rob and Cathy Buchan, and Todd and Judy Lesko.
Family and friends may call at the Hennes-Garrett Funeral Home 203 E. Main St. on Sunday from 3 to 6 PM. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Titus Church On Monday at 10 AM, with Fr. Walter E. Packard, officiating. Full military rites will be observed following the mass.
Inurnment will be at St. Catharines Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Autism Society-Northwestern Pennsylvania 1062 Brown Ave Suite 200B, Erie, PA 16502, https://www.autismnwpa.org or to St. Titus Church 513 W Main St, Titusville, PA 16354.