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 www.meredith-clark.com.