Leslie Ray Ashlock, 80, loving husband, brother, father, grandpa, great-grandpa, uncle and friend, passed away Sunday morning Dec. 14, 2008, with his wife, Mary, and son, Larry, by his side.
He was born July 21, 1928, in Lavern, Okla. to Dave and Bessie (Casler) Ashlock. The oldest of six children, they were raised on their family farm and learned what hard work was. Family and honesty were very important to Les. He was a generous man, always giving more of himself and his time to help others, whether it be family, friend or any person in need.
On June 1, 1948, he married Mary Myers in Enid, Okla. In May of 1950, Les, Mary and one-year-old son, Ron, made the move from Woodward, Okla. along with his parents and siblings to Toppenish where they have made their home for the last 58 years. He started out working in the fields for various farmers and then became a mechanic and welder for Cal Pac, which later became Del Monte. After having worked there for 40 years he retired in 1990. He made many friends there, and had lost several of those dear friends over the years.
He enjoyed life and was active with his sons' Boy Scout troops, the Central Washington Jr. Livestock Show, Eagles, Teamsters Union, and Toppenish Sales Yard and participated in his share of square dancing. He was a familiar face at both the livestock show and sales yard with many of the grandchildren tagging along or participating with grandpa showing them the ropes. Les and many others volunteered their time and skills getting the grounds ready for the yearly Central Washington Jr. Livestock Show in Toppenish.
He also loved the years when his sons were learning to fish and go pheasant hunting. "Bill" the dog would flush the birds out for them. Having five kids kept him busy with his job as "Dad". He had cars and trucks to keep in repair and teaching the kids to fix 'em up. Bailing wire worked miracles on mufflers. He showed his kids how to work hard and always give of themselves. On Oct. 15, 2008, it became time for Les to need more care than his family was able to provide for him at home. He became a family member of a caring home at Cedar Hills in Yakima. It was a hard fight for Les with a disease called "Lewy Body Dementia". We would like to express our gratitude to the staff and caregivers at Cedar Hills and Lower Valley Hospice who helped us care for him. He will be deeply missed by all of us.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Ashlock; one son, Larry Ashlock and Tina Maltos of Richland; three daughters, Kathy and Dale Cullen and Betty and Troy Schilperoort, all of Outlook and Sandy and Bud Quigley of Zillah; brothers, George and Darlene of Toppenish, Delbert and Neoma of South Dakota, Vernon of Toppenish; sister, Delma and Chuck Wilcox of California; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Ron Ashlock; parents, Dave and Bessie Ashlock; and a brother, David (Bud) Ashlock.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Zillah. Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Zillah, with burial to follow at the Zillah Cemetery.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.valleyhillsfh.com. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution can be made to the Central Washington Jr. Livestock Show or Lower Valley Hospice.
Valley Hills Funeral Home in Zillah is in charge of arrangements.