Obituary for Harry T Ashman

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Harry T Ashman

May 20, 1921 - April 2, 2013

Harry T. Ashman, age 91, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon, April 2, 2013 at his residence in Franklin. He was a resident of Franklin and a former resident of Morgantown. By his side was his loving wife of 70 years, Mary Louise (Gullion) Ashman whom he married on September 19, 1942 in Indianapolis.

Harry was born in Windfall, IN on May 20, 1921 to the late Robert and Maude B. (Vest) Ashman. Harry was a 1939 graduate of Hagerstown High School and went on to graduate summa cum laude from Butler University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business in 1943. He retired in 1983 after 41 years of service with Eli Lilly & Co. During his 41 years her worked as a Computer System Analysts and was the Supervisor of the Records Department.

Harry was a 50 year member of the Morgantown First Christian Church where he served as an elder, former Sunday School Teacher and Finance Director. He also was a 50 year member of the Morgantown Masonic Lodge #358 where he served as Past Master and Chaplin. Harry was a past President and Regional Director for the Data Processing Management Association and was recognized as a Kentucky Colonel. He was an active member of the Nineveh Senior Center where he held the position of Treasurer for several years. Harry was also a former Board member of the Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson School Corporation for two terms, former board member of Central Nine in Greenwood and was a former board member of the Holdings Corporation for the building of Indian Creek Schools.

Harry is survived by three daughters: Rebecca (Richard) Soendlin of Indianapolis, Tina (Richard) Massey & Libby (Robert) Torrance both of Franklin; one son: Kenneth M. (Barbara) Ashman of Naples, FL; one brother: Robert Ashman of Indianapolis; 16 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters: Margaret Haggard & Hazel Beach; and five brothers: Richard, Charles, George, Donald & Kenneth Ashman.

The Rev. Burt Brock will conduct a funeral service at 10:00 am Saturday at Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from4 to 8 pm on Friday at the funeral home. A Masonic Service will be conducted by the Morgantown Masonic Lodge at 7:30 pm on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.

Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Harry to the Morgantown First Christian Church "Building Fund", P.O. Box 306, Morgantown, IN 46160.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Ashman family at

Information: 812-597-4670


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Born: May 20, 1921
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Brad Stone posted on 1/1/00

I've known Harry since I was a little kid, and always looked up to him. He was full of vitality and presence, and was always solid example of what a good Christian man can be - in a world where they are becoming increasingly hard to find. Words like dependability, sober-mindedness, faithfulness and service unarguably applied to Harry. He never strayed from the task at hand, and always applied sound logic in all he did. Truly, a life well-lived. My prayers are with his family at this time.


Angie & Leon Skinner posted on 1/1/00

We love you Grandpa....and we will miss you dearly. I am thankful for the time we had and now the memories that we will treasure forever! Love, The Skinners :)


Bob and Lynn Ashman posted on 1/1/00

Dear Mary Louise and family, Harry was one of the most wonderful people we have ever had the pleasure to know and it was an honor to call him Uncle. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and we only wish we could be there with you. Please know we are there in spirit. Mary Louise, we will be in touch with you next week when things settle down a little bit. Much love, Bob & Lynn


Jim Limp posted on 1/1/00

Hi to the Ashman Family, My name is Jim Limp and I worked with Harry at Eli Lilly and Company for over 30 years. As most people know, The Lilly Company was blessed with just outstanding employees and certainly Harry was one of them. Harry was a loyal, warm, friendly,hard working employee, and contributed very much to the success of the Lilly Company. He was a dear friend and I will miss him very much. The Ashman family has our sympathy. Mary Jane and Jim Limp


Susan Lebo posted on 1/1/00

Dear Ashman Family: My father had the pleasure of working with Harry for many years at Eli Lilly. Dad always spoke so well of your husband and father. He considered him a friend as well as a colleague. When I was very young, we visited your home on the east side several times. My parents are Jack and Katie Forkner. My sympathy to all of you.


Bob Kaylor posted on 1/1/00

To the Ashman Family, Harry touched the lives of everyone of us that were lucky enough to have known him. He will be greatly missed. My prayers are with you all.


Charles Kysar posted on 1/1/00

My name is Chuck Kysar. I worked in accounting at Eli Lilly and Company. I worked on several projects with Harry when he was in information technology. He was a pleasure to work with and always got the job done in an excellent manner. He will be missed.