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Obituary for Ronald J. “Spud” Ashby

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Ronald J. “Spud” Ashby

August 1, 1936 - October 2, 2016

Ronald J. “Spud” Ashby, age 80, passed away October 2, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  Spud was born on August 1, 1936.  He was a graduate of the Ogden High Class of 1954. He has been a lifelong resident of the Ogden area.


Dad married his high school sweetheart, Jeri Averett on May 25, 1956 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church.  They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.  Spud and Jeri were traveling companions who spent their lives exploring and finding adventures in every corner of the world.  He made friends easily with his quick wit and sense of humor.


Spud retired from the Southern Pacific Railroad after 36 years.  He was a member of the United Transportation Union, a private pilot, airboat captain, a member of the PBOE and a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and the occasional french fry or two.  His greatest passions were traveling, woodworking and making his grandchildren laugh.


Spud is survived by his wife, Jeri; three daughters, Teri Nimtz Ashby, Kim (Jerry) Ward, and Katie Neilson; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.


He is preceded in death by his parents, June and Hetzler Ashby and son-in-law, Randy Neilson.


A Viewing will be on Friday, October 7, 2016 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.


Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 12:00 noon at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1100 East 5550 South, Ogden, Utah.


Interment at Ogden City Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers the family is suggesting that donations be made to the Ronald McDonald House in the name of Ronald J. Ashby Golden West Credit Union account.


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, October 7, 2016

Time: 6:00 am - 7:30 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016

Time: 12:00 pm -

Holy Family Catholic Church


1100 East 5550 South, , South Ogden, UT,

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Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016

Time: 12:00 pm -

Ogden City Cemetery


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Born: August 1, 1936
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Condolences for Ronald J. “Spud” Ashby

Lisa Fredrickson Richards posted on 10/7/16

Prayers for your family, Spud will be missed so very much.


Laura Leverich posted on 10/7/16

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. It is so hard to say goodbye. We loved Uncle Spud and his laugh and smile. It was no wonder we would chant when we were little "We love Spud, We love Spud!" Come to think of it we chanted that recently the last time we saw him. I know Spud and Daddy are having a good time. Take care of each other, much love. Laura Leverich and family.


Greg Martinez posted on 10/7/16

There’s no words able to describe the sorrow you feel when someone you know loses a love one. Katie, Teri, I am truly sorry to hear about your Father. Not that I ever met Spud personally, but a real good friend of mine had some high regards for him. I so hope this time of hurt is short, and marvelous memories take over. My deepest condolence to you and your Family, God Bless the Ashby Family.


Bremt & Carolyn Bothwell posted on 10/7/16

With our deepest sympathy for your loss. So many fun memories of Spud.


Butch and Karen posted on 10/6/16

Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort as you remember Spud


Timothy Nimtz posted on 10/5/16

I just wanted to share with your family that Spud and I bonded from the beginning of our friendship. While you girls were shopping, we were hanging out having a blast. We traveled well together. Had each others back. Best Father in law and friend. So going to miss his sense of humor. He loved my soups and I loved making them. Love you Mr. Ashby! You have been a gift to all that have been so blessed to have known you. Tim


christine martinez posted on 10/5/16

Teri and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear dad. From what you have told me, he sounds like he was a wonderful man. I know you and your sisters took great care of him. No matter what age you are, losing a parent is so hard. my prayers are with you at this time. Chris


Peggy Gorham posted on 10/5/16

Dear Ashby Family, Our sincere sympathies go out to each one of you. It is so hard to say goodbye to a dear loved one and there are no words to lessen that heartache. Hold on to such wonderful memories that you have and let them help you through your time of sorrow. Our prayers and tender thought are with you. Sincerely, Peggy and Bruce Gorham


Julie Rose posted on 10/5/16

So very sorry for your loss. May the Lord Bless you in this difficult time. We love you. Kelly and Julie


The Hyden's posted on 10/4/16

Dear Ashby, Neilson, and Malone family, We are so sad and sorry for your loss of this great man! We will all miss him. He was the kindest and sweetest man. Prayers are with all of you. Love, Bart, Kathy Hyden and family


Bart, Kathy Hyden and family posted on 10/4/16

Dear Ashby, Neilson, and Malone family, We are so deeply sorry for your loss of such a special man. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We will miss him.