Charles Ashby (1938 - 2015)

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AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Charles William Ashby, 76, entered into rest on April 16, 2015, his wife of 55 years at his side. Mr. Ashby was born on April 26, 1938 and is preceded in death by one son, James Howard. He is survived by his loving wife Marguerite Louise Ashby (nee McQuilkin), and four devoted children: Charles William Jr. of Wauwatosa, WI; Robert Louis (Rose) of LaGrange, IL; Lisa Ann of Fernandina Beach, FL; and Julie Louise of Dallas, TX; and six cherished grandchildren: Brita (Andy) Schumacher, Tyson (Sarah) Kuhrmeier, Madeline Rae, Charles William III, Thomas George, Grace Kathleen, and three great-grandchildren, Brady, Colby and Drake Schumacher.
He is also survived by one brother, Paul Lee (Michelle), and one sister, Esther Ashby Kane and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bill was born at his maternal grandparents' home in Racine, WI and grew up in Wheaton, IL , graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois with a BSME and continued graduate studies at University of Illinois, Navy Pier. He entered the work force as an engineer for Container Corp. of America where he achieved a number of US Patent awards, authored numerous technical articles for journals and trade publications, and became well known for spearheading early modeling techniques for cube utilization. He was a respected community and professional leader and active in many civic, charitable and faith based activities: Metro Chicago Junior Achievement, Glen Ridge Forest Civic Association, Atlanta-DeKalb Swim League, Atlanta Transit Planning Group, Naperville Park District Swim League, Century Hill Street Lighting District, Habitat for Humanity, Augusta Tech Advisory Committee, West Lake Home Owner Board, West Lake Country Club, and you could always find him and Louise at the 8 o'clock St. Paul's Episcopal Church service unless traveling, where he was a faithful member for the past 30 years. Bill thoroughly enjoyed his leisure time with family and friends whether in the mountains, at the beach or traveling around the world. Through the years his weekends were filled with family outings, boating, fishing, tinkering, reading, and enjoying sunsets with Louise at the pool or beach. Bill will be remembered for his deep commitment to faith, family and friendship.
A memorial service will take place on April 18, 2015, 3:30 at Saint Paul's Church, with a reception to follow in the Church's Tyler Hall.
Bill will join his parents and grandparents in eternal rest, in the Wheaton Memorial Cemetery.
If so desired, memorials may be made to St. Paul's Church, 605 Reynolds Street, Augusta, Georgia 30901, or Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 657, Augusta, GA 30903.
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