Fred L. Ashton Jr.
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AGE: 82 • Seaside Heights
Fred L. Ashton Jr., 82, of Seaside Heights, NJ, formerly of Easton, PA, died Thursday, May 9, 2013 in Easton, PA. He had worked with his wife at Crossroads Realty in Lavallette, NJ before retiring; prior to that he worked for Schuylkill Haven Casket Company and had served as the Executive Director of the Toms River Industrial Commission. He was the Mayor of Easton, PA from 1967 to 1975 and an Easton City Councilman from 1963 to 1967. A licensed funeral director in partnership with his brother until 1970 at the Ashton Funeral Home in Easton, he followed in the family business established in 1847. He was a graduate of Easton High School Class of 1948; Lafayette College in 1952 and received his Master's Degree from Temple University. He was an Eagle Scout and served in the Army during the Korean War, stationed in Germany. He was a member of Union Church, Lavallette; Easton Lodge #152, F&AM; the VFW and had been active in many service and civic organizations through the years.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Shirley Adams Ashton; 5 children, Fred L. Ashton III, Ph.D. and wife Margaret of Windham, CT, Susan Ashton Thistle of Punta Gorda, FL, Carol Ashton Keefe and husband Harry III of Basking Ridge, NJ, Richard Adams Ashton of Seaside Heights, NJ, and Thomas Melick Ashton and wife Kathleen of Wayne, IL; his brother, R. Kline Ashton Sr. of Easton; his sister, Anna A. Kutzler of Easton; 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
A calling period and burial in Easton Cemetery will be held May 11 in Easton with a Memorial Service to be held at a later date in Lavallette, NJ. Memorials may be made to the Memorial Scholarship Fund for Easton High School Class of 1948, c/o 2711 VanBuren Rd., Easton, PA 18045. Offer online condolences at www.AshtonFuneralHome.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press on May 11, 2013