Robert Wayne Ashbaugh

September 26, 1964 ‒ May 22, 2020

Newark, Ohio

Robert Wayne Ashbaugh, age 55, of Newark, died peacefully on Friday, May 22, 2020 at Licking Memorial Hospital.  Wayne was born in Norfolk, Virginia on September 26, 1964 to the late Linda (Feasel) and George Ashbaugh who survives.

Wayne worked for Anomatic, in 1984 and then went to work at Kellogg’s in 2003.

Wayne attended Big Walnut High School where he played football. After high school he attended a trade school in Florida to become a travel agent. After his vocational training he returned to Ohio where he became a little league football coach as well as working the morning shift at McDonalds on Rt. 36. While he was working at McDonald’s he met Dorothy Pennington, and the two of them married in 1985. In 1989 the couple gave birth to their only child, daughter, Stephanie Ashbaugh.

Wayne and his daughter Stephanie took karate classes together. He belonged to an adult bowling league and coached a children’s bowling team. He also volunteered at Toys R Us on the weekends as a Pokemon gym leader to help kids learn how to play and practice the card game as well as Pokemon trivia. Wayne would also volunteer at Stephanie’s school during science fairs and helped with designing and building sets for plays. Wayne enjoyed fishing and hunting deer especially with his nephews Trevor and Tyler even if they didn’t manage to get anything.

Wayne was most proud of his large vegetable and flower garden that he would plant and tend to each spring through fall. In addition to caring for his garden he also provided food, shelter and care for many local stray animals. He had an amazing sense of humor and loved playing tricks on his friends and family. He was a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan as well as a Buckeye fan. He would spend a lot of time watching them play football or going and watching his nephews Trevor and Tyler play football.

Wayne was such a jack-of-all-trades that there was little he couldn’t fix.  He became “Mister” or “Daddy-Fix It” to his wife and daughter. He was also well known for being a kind and dependable son-in-law and brother-in-law to Patricia Pennington and Susan Pennington, respectively, that they could call him up for the latest sports stats or to look up information for them on the computer. He was always the kind of person willing to lend a hand and was just a phone call away.

Preceded in death by mother and stepfather, Linda and Ned Fletcher; father-in-law, John A. Pennington.

Survived by loving wife of 35 years, Dorothy Ashbaugh; daughter, Stephanie Ashbaugh, his sister, Ruth (Gary) Shuster; nephews, Trevor, Tyler, John Patrick; nieces, Tara and Armanda; mother-in-law, Patricia Pennington; sister-in-law, Susan Pennington; brother-in-law, John (Denise) Pennington; special cousin/”brother”, Phil Peters and his family, Caroline, Regan and Samantha.

Funeral Service will be held at 4 PM on Saturday May 30, 2020 at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. State Route 61, (at SR 3) Sunbury, where the family will be receiving visitors from 2 PM until time of service.  Chaplain Jeff Smith officiating. Private family interment.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the funeral home to assist with funeral expenses.

Also please consider organ donation in honor of Wayne.

  • Dear family,

    My deep condolences. I was Robert’s 9th and 10th grade counselor at BW. He was a fine student and citizen. He represented our community well.

  • I will always remember when you lived with our family as a little boy. I will always remember you big smile and how kind you were. Love Cousin Jill

  • Ruth, Gary, Tyler, Trevor, and Tara;
    We want to send our deepest condolences to each and everyone of you. We feel your pain and wish your happy and fun times
    with Uncle Wayne will help you through the next rough times you will go through.
    We have known Wayne for many years through parties and gatherings all of us attended. He was always so friendly and kind hearted. He will be a great loss to your family circle. If we can be of any help
    Please let us know. All of you and
    Wayne’s wife and daughter is in our prayers. We love all of you and pray God takes Wayne into his loving arms;
    watches over him until all of you meet again.
    Tona, Tommy, Kate, Raelyn, Tyler, and Sarah
    Slagle. 💔💔🙏🙏💔💔

  • Ruth Ann, Gary, Trevor, Tyler and Tara,
    We are saddened to hear of Wayne’s passing. Your memories will remain in your heart, even though they are broken. Those memories will help during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Wayne’s entire family. Prayers, hugs and much love.
    Shara and Randy

  • My Deepest condolences to each and everyone of you,I know Wayne and his wife from Anomatic . Very nice family.Hugs and prayers for Wayne ‘s family. Melissa g Parry. (Missy)

  • I am sad for his family. I met the Ashbaugh’s when they moved to Sunbury, knew the Feasels and Fletchers. All fine folks. Wayne will be missed. A great legacy he has left.

  • Our prayers and condolences to the family. We hadn’t seen him in years. But thanks to FB I found him again. We had some great chats on FB. He’ll always be in our hearts forever.
    Love always
    Aunt Janice and cousin Saundra

  • I worked with Wayne and Dot at Anomatic. Both great people. I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Fly high Wayne.

  • Wayne was a great guy,I worked with Him and Dot @ Anomatic. His sunshine smile will be missed.Sorry for Your loss !!

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Wayne was such a nice guy. He was in my high school class. Prayers go out to his family!

  • Dear Dot and family;
    I am so sorry for your loss. Have a lot of great memories of Wayne-Youth group, Victory Camp. He sure was a great guy and friend. You all are in our thoughts and prayers!💕
    Ron & Mary Ann Nininger, and family

  • So sad to hear of my cousins passing. I remember the fun we all had on the farm when we were younger. I will be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    Much love cousin Lisa

  • To my childhood fiend. Rip. We had fun playing pool, monopoly and building models. Remember “chopper” Wayne’s St Barnard, a huge dog with a big heart. Wayne had the biggest heart and was so kind. He will be missed.