Earl Ash

July 24, 1932 ‒ July 21, 2016

Fredericktown, Ohio



FREDERICKTOWN: Earl Ash peacefully passed away to be with Jesus in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 21, 2016 from his rural Fredericktown home, with family by his side after a brief illness. He was 83.

Born July 24, 1932 in Birchton, West Virginia to parents Leslie Earl & Pearl Rebecca (Webb) Ash, Earl grew up in Olive Hill, Kentucky. He moved to Mansfield in 1952 where he spent several years as a minister at the Freewill Baptist Church on 314, while working at the AK Steel Mill in Mansfield from which he retired.

A beautiful young lady named Patricia Casler caught his eye and the pair soon married on April 16, 1953 and together raised six children.

Earl immensely enjoyed restoring old cars and spending time with his two dogs Sparkey and Puggy (he loved feeding them Vienna sausages). He had friends in every aspect of his life: church family, work friends, neighbors, and friends who shared his love of various hobbies.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Pat Ash of rural Fredericktown; five children: Laurie (Randy) McGrew of Johnsville, Greg (Teresa) Ash of Galion, Becky (John) Ash of Chesterville, Arthur (Lori) Ash of Arnett, WV, and Roger (Mary) Ash of Fredericktown; son-in-law Fred Shrewsbury of Fredericktown; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.

In addition to his parents, Earl was preceded in death by a daughter Valerie Shrewsbury and three sisters: Marie Smith, Marybell Taylor, JoAnn Milam.

Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016 in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service celebrating his life will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday.  Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park near Lexington.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Earl’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them—and watch his tribute video—at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • I am so sorry for the loss of a wonderful person. The time that I spent taking care of him and getting to know the family are in my heart forever. He is with Valerie now. My prayers go to you. . Cease your sorrows. Tears do refrain. For your loss is my eternal gain.