Robert Wayne Ashbaugh
September 26, 1964 ‒ May 22, 2020
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.