Seward resident Robert F. Ashley died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002, at the Wesley Rehab Center in Seward of natural causes. He was 80.
No services were held, but a celebration of life for family and friends was held Thursday at the Harbor Dinner Club in Seward. In the spring, Mr. Ashley's ashes will be scattered in the Falls Inn waterfall.
Mr. Ashley was born in Rock Creek, Ohio, on Dec. 4, 1921. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was retired from the Navy and the state of Alaska. He moved to Alaska in 1965, living in Juneau before moving to Seward in 1971.
Mr. Ashley was a charter member of the Resurrection Bay Lions Club in Seward. He was a Melvin Jones Fellow and lifetime member of the Lions. He held many offices locally and in District 49-A and earned many awards for his dedicated service over the years. He was affectionately known as the "mint king" for his long-standing work selling Lions mints to raise club funds. He also was instrumental in setting up the Lions scholarship awarded annually at Seward High School.
His hobbies included coin collecting and hand feeding jays and squirrels from his deck.
"He had a smile and a kind word for everyone and was especially fond of dogs around town, always carrying special treats for them in his jacket pocket. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him," his family said.
Mr. Ashley is survived by his wife, Jane Ashley of Seward; daughters Linda Ashley of Seward, April Gray of Oregon and Roberta Leiker of Illinois; sons James Ashley of Fairbanks and Robert Ashley Jr. of Oregon; sisters Miriam and Cleo of Ohio; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
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