Lewis Ash, 66, Ashland

Lewis E. Ash, 66, of Ashland passed into his eternal life on Dec. 6, 2012 at Wooster Community Hospital with his family by his side, following a long period of declining health.

Lewis was born on Feb. 20, 1946 in Spencer, W. Va., to Jesse and Rosie Lee Ash. He married Sue Hopkins, his lifelong partner and best friend, on Nov. 21, 1969.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three daughters, Jodi (Jeff) Ashbaugh of New Philadelphia, LuAnn (Carl) Yoakem of Millersburg and Beth (David) Case of Shreve; seven grandchildren, Amy and Tyler Jaquet, Kyle and Nick Yoakem, Lauralie, Emily and Colin Case; one great-grandson, Jacob Jaquet; his brother, Willard (Virginia) Ash of Smithville; and his sister, Shirley (Marvin) Armburst of Wadsworth.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, Martin Hopkins; and his sister, Carol Ritchey.

Lewis served in the United States Army during Vietnam. He worked for Orrville Products for 27 years. He liked to travel, hunt, fish and he especially liked spending time with his family.

Words cannot express the deep sorrow we feel at the loss of such a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Lewis was a loving provider, protector and the best husband and father anyone could ever hope to have.

One of Lewis's greatest joys was when he acquired his home in the country in Ashland County, where he enjoyed time with family and quiet evenings with his wife. He will be missed and forever loved.

The family has held a private celebration of his life. Roberts Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements. Interment was at Ashland County Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Akron Office, 1815 W. Market St., Akron, Ohio 44313.

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