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Lauren ASHLEY Obituary
Beloved Husband, Father & Grandfather With the grace of God our Lauren, now on his last assignment, walks with Jesus in the Kindgom where his family and friends joyfully greet him. He is Home!! Alleluia!! F. Lauren Ashley was born on July 18, 1927 in Rantoul, Illinois to Floy Lee Ashley and Marguerite (Gibson) Ashley. As an "army brat" Lauren attended various schools in Illinois, Texas, Mississippi, Florida, Hawaii and Wisconsin. He met his wife-to-be, Jean Wall, while in high school in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. After graduation Lauren joined the Navy and then entered the U.S. military academy at West Point while Jean attended St. Olaf College. At graduation they were married in the West Point Cadet Chapel on June 6th 1951, and were off to a life in the military. In Germany their two children Susan and Paul arrived and they were now a family. Lauren enjoyed the hectic life in the military, spending time with the troops, attending military schools and developing "Night Operations": at Fort Knox. He gained a masters degree in Physics at the University of Illinois and taught chemistry at West Point for 3 years. He served his country around the world in Korea, England, Germany and Vietnam, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. As a career officer he moved 26 times in 29 years and received many military awards and decorations including the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. When he retired in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1976 he became the Commandant of Cadets at Thomas Academy and then put aside his uniform and entered the real estate business. He was active at Gethsemane Lutheran Church (Maplewood, MN) as its treasurer and also at St. John Lutheran Church (Woodbury, MN). Lauren was a passionate golfer and had wonderful times with his two golfing buddies Bob Marben and Harlan Biebighauser. After a life of good health and physical fitness, Lauren's health began to decline, developing trouble with his heart and back and having several knee and shoulder surgeries. He lost his battle with Alzheimer's on Oct. 23, 2012 while under the loving care of the Good Samaritan Society in Stillwater, MN. Lauren was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Faith Klee. He is survived by his wife Jean, daughter Susan Gvazdauskas (husband Peter and children Paul, Laura and Keith), son Paul (wife Julie and daughters Lauren Rizzo and Allison Seel), his sister Marcia Siker and her children Pat and Carrie, his brother-in-law Robert Peterson, and his wife Erna, nephew John, niece Nancy Buennemeyer, (husband John and children Kate and Josh), daughter-in-law Saralouise Wall and nephews Barry and Kim and many other nieces and nephews. Celebration of Lauren's life will be held 11AM Sat. November 3 at St. John Lutheran Church 1975 St. John Drive, Woodbury, MN. Friends may gather at the church from 10-11 AM. The service begins at 11AM and will be followed by a luncheon. In lieu of flowers, gifts to St. John Lutheran Church or are welcomed. Lauren we will miss you but know you will be waiting for us on the first tee. Happy Golfing! Maple Oaks/Phalen Park Funeral Home 651-738-2198


Published in Pioneer Press from Oct. 28 to Oct. 30, 2012
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