Arvin Ashby of McGregor passed away late Wednesday night, October 19, 2011, at the age of 86. Funeral services will be 3:00 P.M. Sunday, October 23, 2011, at Zion Lutheran Church under the direction of Cole Funeral Home, 1113 West Fifth Street, McGregor with Pastor Walter Klockers officiating. Interment will follow in McGregor Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 P.M. Saturday at Cole Funeral Home.
Mr. Ashby was born October 7, 1925, in Coryell County, Texas, the son of the late George and Mollie (Morrow) Ashby. He attended various school in Coryell County where he was reared. At the age of eighteen, he enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II. He spent two years on the battleship USS South Dakota. He was involved in many major naval battles in the South Pacific and was also in attendance at the signing of the Peace Treaty with Japan on September 2, 1945, in Toyko Bay. After being discharged, Arvin returned home and on August 30, 1947, married Norma Lee Fehler at Zion Lutheran Church in McGregor.
Much of Arvin's life was engaged in farming and ranching. In 1963, he was awarded the Outstanding Young Farmers Award by the McGregor Chamber of Commerce. He stayed active in farming and ranching until ill health forced him to retire in 2005.
Also preceding him in death were five sisters and a brother.
Survivors include his wife of sixty-four years, Norma Lee Ashby two daughters, Diane Hamilton and husband Jed of Cypress, Kathy Keel and husband Karl of Austin; two granddaughters, Angela Roush and husband Alfred of Tampa, Florida, Kara Keel of Austin, two grandsons, Adam Hamilton of Houston, Kameron Keel of Austin; two great grandsons, Alfred Roush II and Ansel Roush of Tampa Florida; a brother-in-law, Lavine Whitaker of Gatesville and many nieces and nephews.
For those desiring, the family has suggested Zion Lutheran Church 502 S. Tyler, McGregor, Texas 76657 or McGregor Ambulance Association in care of Mynette Taylor, 311 South main Street, McGregor, Texas 76657 for memorial contributions.