William O. Ashton, 97

March 29, 2020

William O. Ashton, 97, of Wilkes Barre, passed away at Moravian Manor, Lititz, PA on Sunday, March 29, 2020. Born in Wilkes Barre, William was the son of the late Horace and Ann (Owens) Ashton. He enjoyed 64 years of marriage with his wife Jeannette (Gregory) Ashton before her death in 2018. He was a kind and gentle soul.

A graduate of James M. Coughlin High School in 1940 and the Dean School of Business at Wyoming Seminary, William was a parts manager for LB Smith Co. (formerly Standard Equipment Co.) retiring in 1989 after 36 years of service.

He served in the US Army during WWII as a member of the 33rd Infantry Regiment of the Caribbean Command in Trinidad, Suriname and St. Lucia BWI. William was a Master Mason and 69-year member of Lodge No. 61, F&AM.

He was a longtime member of the former First United Methodist Church, Wilkes Barre and was currently a member of Dorranceton United Methodist Church, Kingston.

William is survived by his two children: Scott W. Ashton, husband of Kathy, of Durham, NC and Beth Ann Herbert, wife of Edward, of Lititz, PA; grandchildren: Kristen Scarbro, wife of Kyle; Matthew Ashton; Dylan Herbert; Maura Greg, wife of Matthew; and Dustin Herbert; 3 great-grandsons; and many nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service was held. The family requests memorial contributions in William’s memory be made to Meals on Wheels of Wyoming Valley, 190 South Sprague Ave, Kingston PA 18704.

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Condolences to the Family

September 07, 2020

Ashton family, so sorry for your loss. Jane and I, Brian and Maggie were you neighbors for many years on North Franklin and then on Kulp Street. Such good people.  We think of your parents every year when we doing our canning. we just canned last week. We still use your mom’s hand written recipe for chili sauce. Prayers.
Jane and Tom Moran

September 06, 2020

Dear Scott, Kathy and family, 
With sincere sympathy on the passing of a wonderful pillar of your family.
Betsy and Phil Pack (Schwenksville PA)

September 06, 2020

My condolences to you at this time. I worked at LB Smith in the shop and Bill was the most knowledgeable parts technician I knew. He was a pleasure to work with and a gentle soul. My prayers to you and family members. Christopher J Breznay

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