Gerald Ashley

EAST PEORIA - Gerald F. Ashley, age 90, of East Peoria, Ill., passed away at 2:40 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at Washington Christian Village.

He was born Dec. 30, 1921, in Peoria, Ill., to Earl and Agnes (Ziegenbein) Ashley. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Mae Underhill on June 13, 1942, in Palmyra, Mo., and she survives.

Surviving are one daughter, Janice (Jay) Hulick of East Peoria; and grandchildren, Patty Fleming, Debbie (Jim) McCormack, Lisa Headley, Steven Headley and Greg (Kim) Timerman; nine great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon Ashley; two brothers; and two sisters.

Gerald was a World War II Army veteran and worked his whole life as a sign and pictorial painter, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the International Brotherhood Painters and Allied Trades Local No. 157.

He enjoyed fishing and making fishing lures and was of the Christian faith and loved his family.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Mason Funeral Home Germantown Hills Chapel, with the Rev. Gary Salm officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to TAPS and Midwest Chapter.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Dec. 11, 2012