Early on Dec. 24, 2012, Kenneth "Kenny" Ray Ashby passed away in his home and into the arms of the angels of our Lord and Father.
Born in Russellville, Ky., in 1942 he was the son of the late Thelma Murphy (Jones) and Novis "Jack" Ashby.
Kenny served seven years in the U.S. Army and was later employed as a civilian MCMC, Ship Supervisor, and Coordinator for Shipboard Operations at Honeywell Technology Services, a government contractor for the United States Marine Corps' Maritime Prepositioned Forces, Blount Island, Fla. Kenny lived and worked aboard many MPF ships deployed globally, had a keen wit, gregarious personality, brilliant smile, and lived his life his way; but after a long illness, Kenny succumbed to Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).
Kenny leaves behind his beloved wife and best friend, Sharon "Sherry" Younkers of Amelia Island (formerly of Rockville, Md.); daughter, Angela (and Gary) Richardson of Batesville, Ark.; son, Brian Kyle (and Sherri) Reed of Fairfield, Ohio; grandson, Brian Kyle Jr.; granddaughter, Kali Joyce Richardson; brother, Glenn (and Betty Lou) Ashby of Lewisburg, Ky.; and many other family members, friends, and his rescue companions, Boo, Lucky O'Brien, and Roxy, his loyal lapdog to the end.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at Jacksonville National Cemetery on Lannie Road in Jacksonville, Fla. Private services will be held at a later date in his hometown.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Kenny's life to the
Nassau Humane Society, P.O. Box 16090, Fernandina Beach, Fla. 32035.
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