Joe Robert Ash Died suddenly from internal bleeding and pancreatic cancer that was unknown until the day of his death on August 22nd, 2013. He was 62. Joe was born on December 7th, 1950 in Tacoma, Washington to Victoria and Raymond Ash. He attended Stanley Elementary School, Hunt Junior High and graduated from Wilson High school in 1969. Joe excelled in several sports and received a baseball scholarship to play at Yakima Junior College. With the advent of the Vietnam War, he joined the National Guard to serve his country for five years. During this time, Joe developed a love for the game of golf. He was an avid golfer and eventually became a long time member of Allenmore Golf Club. His best round of golf was a seventy-one, never hitting the fairways once with his drives. Joe went back to college and attended Central Washington University where he pursued a degree in teaching Special Education. After college, he went to work for Super Value in Tacoma where he was a loyal employee for thirty-one years. Upon retirement, Joe continued to spend many hours playing on the golf course and competing in tournaments. When he wasn't golfing, he had a passion for building furniture and made many creative pieces for family and friends. Each week, he also enjoyed volunteering as a math tutor in his grandson's classroom at Life Christian Academy, and bringing food and blankets to the animals at the Tacoma Humane Society. When Joe was not volunteering, he cared dearly for his three dogs and six cats. Joe married Pam Duke Ash, the love of his life in 2005. He was a loving devoted husband, son, brother, stepfather, grandpa and friend; a selfless role model for all of us. Joe made his family his friends and his friends his family. He is survived by his wife Pam, parents Victoria and Raymond Ash, brother Richard Ash (wife Bernie), sister Janice Ash Torkelson (husband Bryn) and their children Niklas, Raymond and Joseph, stepchildren Jodi and Brent Bigler, and their children Alex, Grace and Josh, Mandie and Jess McAfee and their son Dylan. He leaves behind many aunts, uncles and cousins. His celebration of life will take place on Thursday, August 29th at 11:00am in Tacoma at Life Christian Center, 1717 S. Union Ave. Remembrances may be sent to the Tacoma Humane Society.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Aug. 27, 2013