Gregory Dean Ashby
May 19, 1949-December 14, 2020
BETTENDORF-Gregory Dean Ashby, 71, of Bettendorf, passed away Monday, December 14, 2020, at the VA Hospital in Iowa City, IA, with his wife and two daughters at his side. There will be no funeral service or visitation held. Private burial will be at National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Memorials may be made to Greg's family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com.
Gregory was born on May 19, 1949, in Rock Island, IL to Ernest and Dorothy Ashby. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1968-1971, with time in Vietnam. He married Linda Wright in Davenport, IA on December 8, 1970. In 2014, Gregory retired from MidAmerican Energy after 47 years of service.
He enjoyed being with people, especially his family, which meant the world to him. Known as papa by his 7 grandchildren and those close to him, spending time with his grandkids filled him with joy. He enjoyed the outdoors, from running, when younger, to working in his yard, and even roughhousing and walking with his dog, Tiffany. He also liked watching NASCAR and vacationing with his veteran buddies. Greg was a kind and easygoing man, but knew how to have a good time. To know him was to love him. He was everyone's "Handy Man," every task done to completion and perfection.
Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Linda Sue; daughters, Julie (Mark) Grant, LaPorte, IN and Rachel (John Schaffer) Ashby, Davenport, IA; brothers, David (Marsha)Ashby, Davenport, IA and Larry Ashby, Portland, OR; grandchildren, Cameron Ashby (Vivian Howe), Ethan, Joshua, Erika, Noelle, Kayla Grant, and Abigail Nasser; parents-in-law, Johnny, Jr. and Evelyn Wright, sisters and brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews.
Gregory was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Patricia Webster, and brother, Kevin Ashby.