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Richard Ashworth

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Richard Lee Ashworth
October 2, 1924 - September 28, 2013
Born to Sephas Lafayette (SL) and Helen Fee Ashworth on October 2, 1924 in Pasadena, California. Richard grew up in Muskogee Oklahoma after his parents' very short stay in California. Richard was an only child but was active in the small community of Hyde Park in Muskogee. His idyllic childhood was only interrupted by World War ll. Richard volunteered for the US Navy in May of 1943 and served on the tanker AO76 USS Schuylkill. Richard had many close calls during the war but God had other plans in store for him. Richard was one out of 100 that passed a military intelligence test and soon found himself in officer training in college at the University of Colorado. Eventually Richard would finish his service in the headquarters of the Western Pacific Fleet of the US Navy at Tsingtao (Qingdao) China as the Chinese civil war escalated.
After returning home, Richard met his Savior Jesus Christ, and the love of his life, Ruby Lee Stockwell, near Muskogee. Richard and Ruby were married on January 4th, 1947. Ruby's brother Eugene was Richards's pastor in Muskogee and was instrumental in Richard's confession of faith in Christ. Richard served as a machinist, salesman, draftsman, school teacher and on a seismologist team before God audibly called him into the ministry while Richard was sweeping his driveway in Muskogee. Richard heeded God's call in his life and began a lifetime of service to God. Richard served as pastor in Muskogee, Kinta and Guthrie, Oklahoma before God called him to Idaho. Richard came to pastor the First Southern Baptist in Caldwell in January 1966. Richard always had a heart for missions work and after several years of service in Caldwell, he became the Area Director of Missions for the Southern Baptist Convention for Southern and Eastern Utah in 1972. Richard served God faithfully for 47 years before a heart attack and the slow onset of Alzheimer's took away those abilities.
Richard was a pastor's pastor and had the gift to help others in ministry trials and issues. Many people can trace their introduction to Christ to the direct work of God working through Richard's ministry. Richard was a charter member of many churches he helped start, and at death was a member of Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, Idaho.
Richard passed away on September 28, 2013 and is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ruby; Daughters Pamela (John) Henry, Carol (David) Ball and Son David (Brenda) Ashworth. He had 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Many of the grandchildren are faithfully serving in missions work around the globe when the opportunity arises.
The family wishes to thank the Veterans Administration, The Cottages in Meridian and Legacy Hospice for their care and support.
Burial services with military honors from the U.S. Navy will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, Boise. A memorial service will follow at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday at Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, Idaho with Pastor Clint Henry officiating. Services are under the direction of the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. An online guest book may be signed at In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Baptist Global Response
Romans 8:38-39
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. NIV
Revelation 21:4
4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." NIV

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Oct. 1, 2013
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