Alfred O. Ashman, Jr., 90

Alfred (Al) Owen Ashman, Jr., 90, of Manheim Township, Lancaster, PA ended his journey on October 12, 2011 at Moravian Manor, Lititz, PA, following a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Al was born on May 16, 1921, in Palmerton, PA, son of the late Bessie (Austin) and Alfred O. Ashman, Sr.

Al was a graduate of  Palmerton High School, the Peddie School, and Bucknell University.

Al served his country during WWII in the 39th Infantry, 9th Division of the Army finishing as a 2nd Lieutenant. Al worked as an accountant for RCA for 37 years, both in NJ and in Lancaster, PA.

During his free time, Al enjoyed diving, sailing, skiing, square dancing, tennis and golf. In addition he was a self-taught musician, artist, sculptor and scrimshaw carver.  Al raised his family in Summit, NJ, where all three of his daughters graduated from HS and where he was a founding member of the Crestview Club.

Al is survived by his wife of 64 years, Doris-Jean Ashman, his children, Dorothy Ashman, Linda, wife of Ernie Burkhart, and Virginia, wife of Michael Walsh, grandchildren Shiva and Benjamin Mandell, Jacob and Alicia Burkhart, and Ian Walsh.

Celebration of Life Services will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 2pm in the Chapel of the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pk. Lititz, PA. A viewing will be held at Snyder’s from 1-2pm. Interment will be at 11am at the Towamensing Cemetery, Palmerton, PA on Sunday. To send the family an online condolence, please visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory 717-560-5100

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Dear all,
  All love and honor to Uncle Al for his life so well-lived with love, joy, conscience, open-heartedness, and utter decency.  I am proud he was my uncle, and grateful to be part of this remarkable extended family.
  The Fackres in Massachusetts are with you in mind and spirit.
Love, Skye, Chris, Cole, and Kyr

Aunt DJ, Dorothy, Linda and Ginny et al,

We are extremely saddened at the loss of Uncle Al.  He was a role model, an inspiration as well as a lot of fun while I was growing up. There were many memorable vacations and wonderful visits that were always full of excitement and adventure.

Dorothy and I particularly enjoyed our recently traditional New Years Day dinners at Phoebe with and Uncle Al – especially hearing about some of Uncle Al’s humorous war stories.

We are extremely sorry that we are not able to be there with you on Saturday.  We will be thinking of you and hope you will have plenty of family and friend support for this difficult time.

Don and Dorothy

Dear Doris Jean and family,

We grieve along with all of you the death of "Al." My brother (Dot speaking) was my childhood inspiration. Our family was close and has remained so all our lives. We looked to Al and "DJ" as an exemplary couple who raised their family in a way that was a model to all. They opened their home to us and to our family many times. They cared with compassion for many years for Bessie, the mother  of Al, Dot and Kay. Gabe was proud to know Al and be his friend from Bucknell days forward, both "Demis."

We were inspired by how Al, along with DJ, enjoyed all their children and grand-children

We have been touched by the love and support of Al by the family during the difficult days. Our prayers go out to all of you in the trust that Al is in God’s loving hands.

–Dot and Gabe

Thank you for loving and caring so well for Uncle Al as his family for all these years. I smile to remember lining up for his "berry bushes". Aunt DJ, you have always been a model for sainthood for me with your quiet presence, only looking to serve. Cousins, I’m thinking of you and praying the "sting of death" will pass and heal quickly. As you gather to console and comfort one another, many loving arms are around you.

Dottie and family,
The funeral service for Al was beautiful. Even though I could not be there for Linda and my brother Ernie whom I love dearly, my prayers are with you all.
My prayers flows up to Heaven and I know in my heart that Al will be at the Heavens gate waiting for you Dottie and all of Al’s family.
Evy (Burkhart)Buchanan

Dottie and Family,
We saw the service for Al online.  It was a beautiful tribute to Al. What a lovely family. May you all continue to keep the memories with Al close in your hearts.
With sincere sympathy,
Eileen Gannon and Family, Tulip St. in Summit

I just watched the celebration of life for Al. What a wonderful man, and a beautiful family.  He has left such legacy that is reflected in all of you.
Kathy Schlegel

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