Rudger William Ashby

August 18, 1926 ~ June 8, 2013
Rudger William Ashby, 86, continued on his journey Saturday, June 8th. We will miss him terribly but know he will find peace in a much better place.
He was born in Fillmore, Utah, to Richard Eugene Ashby and Sarah Verle Kesler on August 18, 1926. He grew up in the Cove Fort/Fillmore area of Utah. He served an LDS mission in the Eastern States Mission and attended BYU. He served his country in the US Navy during World War II and Korean War earning 10 medals. Rudy (aka Bill) worked at various endeavors in his life-time: as a barber, an independent contractor, at Utah Technical College in Electronics and as owner of Health and Fitness gyms in SLC, Hollywood and Virginia. He loved poetry, philosophy, family history, big band music and gardening. He also enjoyed a good western movie and a great steak. He was a prankster and a visionary and not easily forgotten by those who met him.
He is survived by his devoted and beautiful wife, Patricia; two siblings: brother - Richard Dell Ashby (Delta) and sister - Verene Thorne (Pleasant Grove); four children, Scott, Charlene, Rodney and Regan; eight step-children, Eileen, Karen, Cheryl, Eric, Christine, Linda, Scott and John; 26 grandchildren plus many other family members and loved ones.
The family expresses deep appreciation for the loving nursing care provided by Emmy and Gwen.
A viewing will be held Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 from 9:00 - 10:45 a.m. at the Valley View 11th Ward chapel located at 4101 South 1925 East, Holladay Utah. The funeral service will immediately follow at 11:00 a.m. He will forever be with us at the Holladay Memorial Park.


Published in Salt Lake Tribune on June 16, 2013