Ashley, Donald Louis
Donald Louis Ashley, age 86, Ashwaubenon, went to his Lord and Savior on Saturday, June 2, 2012. Don was born on Christmas Day in 1925 in Green Bay to the late Louis and Elizabeth (Savor) Ashley. During World War II, Don served in the Merchant Marines and Army Air Force traveling to France, Egypt, England and the Azors. Returning home he was united in marriage to Beulah Hansen and raised their three children and Don's younger brother. Beulah preceded Don in death after 44 years of marriage. Don was lucky in love for the second time meeting Connie Smith. They married on July 30, 1994. They had 17 happy and loving years together in Arizona and Green Bay. Don loved to dance and play cards with Connie, always trying to beat her. Don enjoyed all sports and played softball, bowling, volleyball, golf and dart ball. He was proud to display his over 70 trophies in his home.
He was a longtime member of Bethel Lutheran Church for 65 years and served on the Church Council. He played dart ball on the Bethel Men's team and for Cal Cartier's Plumbing. He was also involved with the Men's Bible study group, American Legion Post #518 and the Green Bay Community Service Club. Don volunteered and delivered meals on wheels and he volunteered at Woodside Lutheran Home for many years.
Surviving are his wife, Constance; a son, Michael (Susan) Ashley and a daughter, Linda (Steve) Vanden Heuvel; four grandchildren, Jaime Ashley, Kelly (William) Schmidt, Brian Vanden Heuvel and Jennifer (Jerad) Arendt; three great-grandchildren, Alexis and Dylan Schmidt and Caden Donald Arendt; two brothers, Larry Ashley and Harry (Kay) Ashley, who he raised and thought of as a son; step children, Becky (Brian) Maisel, Ken (Linda) Smith and Craig Smith.
Don was preceded in death by his first wife, Beulah and a son, Donald Ashley, Jr.
Don loved to laugh and enjoyed life to the fullest. He touched the lives of many people with his love, smile and laughter. He will live forever in the hearts of family and friends.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Lyndahl Funeral Home, 1350 Lombardi Avenue, from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Visitation will continue at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1350 Bond Street, on Wednesday, June 6, from 10:00 am until the funeral service at 11:00 am. Military honors will follow. Interment will be at Fort Howard Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.lyndahl.com
The family would like to thank Unity Hospice nurses, Theresa and Sonja and Chaplain Bob from Unity and all of Don's doctors and nurses.
Lyndahl Funeral Home
1350 Lombardi Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54304
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from June 4 to June 6, 2012