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Robert Joseph Ash

Robert Joseph “Bob” Ash, 87, went peacefully into heaven on Monday, May 12, 2014. He was a resident of Greenwood.

Bob was born Sept. 14, 1926, in St. Louis, to Ralph and Sylvania (Bryan) Ash.

After serving his country in the U.S. Army during World War II in Japan and the Philippines, he married Betty Louise Sedlak on Feb. 14, 1950, in Sedalia, Missouri.

Bob had a successful 35-year career in the rail industry with the Missouri Pacific-Union Pacific railroads. Bob’s work took him and his family to many locations around the country, and he retired in 1985 after being a director of sales administration.

Bob was a devoted husband, proud father and grandfather, generous friend and devout Catholic. His family and friends will miss his ever-present kindness and his mischievous sense of humor.

A lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus, Bob was an active member of SS. Francis and Clare Parish. He was a member of the Indianapolis Transportation Club and an avid weather-watcher for Channel 6 News.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Betty; daughters, Nancy Ash-Shofner (Kay Shofner) and Carol Ash (Joe Egan); son-in-law, Paul Jansen (Barb Millis); sister, Mary Lou Behen; grandchildren, Jennifer Jansen, John (Shannon) Jansen, Julie (Aaron) Wypyszynski, Bobby Egan, Tulley Shofner and Elizabeth Egan; and great-grandchildren, Kerrigan Jansen, Cormac Jansen and Walter Wypyszynski.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ken; sister, Rosemary; daughters, Mary Anne Jansen and Dianne Ash; and son, David Ash.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at SS. Francis and Clare Catholic Church, 5901 Olive Branch Road, Greenwood. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home at The Gardens at Olive Branch, 1605 S. State Road 135.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to SS. Francis and Clare Parish, in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.ghherrmann.com.

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