Donald “Don” Ray Ashley, 81, of Sparta, IL; born on April 7, 1940 in Sparta, IL the son of James and Lela (Buescher) Ashley; passed away on Sunday, August 8, 2021 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, IL.
He worked at World Color Press in Sparta, IL as a pressman for many years. Don was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sparta and was always a Christian that put God first when making any decisions in life. He was an avid baseball fan, but his true pride and joy was watching his grandkids play ball. Don was a kind and loving father that was always there for his children. He enjoyed woodworking projects, gardening, and driving his 1966 Thunderbird.
He was preceded in death by his parents; twin children – Daniel and David Ashley; brothers – James Ashley, Eugene Ashley, Bill Ashley, and Leland Ashley; sisters – Iva May Estoppey, Doris Wahl, Marcella Henderson, Georgia Ann Rezba; brother-in-law – Harry Denninger.
Don is survived by his loving wife – Carol (Denninger) Ashley of Sparta, IL to whom he married June 18, 1983 in Fort Kaskaskia, IL; three children – Bruce Ashley of Sparta, IL, Randall (Terri) Ashley of O’Fallon, IL, and Jodi (Scott) Cox of Smithton, IL; eight grandchildren – Jennifer (fiancé, Ashley Quinton) Ashley, Justin (Keara) Ashley, Shania White, Martina (fiancé, Clay Sherwood) Ashley, Ryan Cox, Matthew Cox, Elisabeth Cox, and Dawson Ashley; grandson-in-law – Adam White; six great grandchildren – Emma, Stella, Noah, Myles, Cameron, and Kade; two brothers – Roger (Eldonna) Ashley of Zanesville, OH and Carl (Linda) Ashley of Ventura, CA; three sisters-in-law – Elaine Uchtmann Poggi, Betty Ashley, and Sharon Hibler; brother-in-law – Don Wahl; three step grandchildren – Codie Basse, Laci Little, and Jami Cobb; other relatives and friends.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery Maintenance Fund in Bremen, IL or First United Methodist Church in Sparta, IL.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.heilschuessler.com.
Visitation: Family and friends may gather at the First United Methodist Church in Sparta, IL on Friday, August 13, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, August 14, 2021 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Funeral: Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Sparta, IL on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Randy McGeehon officiating.
Interment: Burial will be held at Caledonia Cemetery in Sparta, IL.
Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements