WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio
Thomas David Ashby, 56, of West Lafayette, Ohio, went to be with the Lord in his sleep early Sunday morning, Sept. 9, 2007, after a courageous seven-year-battle with pancreatic cancer.
Tom was born May 27, 1951, in Port Clinton, to Thomas L. and Rosemary Ashby, now deceased. He lived many years in Marblehead, and graduated from Danbury High School in Marblehead in 1969. He received a masters degree in education from Bowling Green State University in 1977. Tom was a devoted school teacher at Ridgewood Middle School. He loved his job and loved the students he taught. During his teaching career, he coached, took pictures of sports and other activities and was nominated by former students to Who's Who of American Teachers and NHR's Outstanding American Teachers.
He attended First Baptist Church of West Lafayette with his wife. Tom was an avid sports fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Ohio State Buckeyes; he traveled extensively and always camped in a tent; fished Lake Erie for walleye and South Dakota for trout; and enjoyed long walks with his wife and dog.
He is survived by his wife, Patti Bluck-Ashby; stepchildren, Tracy and Jennifer Bluck of West Lafayette, Julie Rassman of Parkland, Fla., and Rusty and Sharon Bluck of West Lafayette; stepgrandchildren, Kalynn, Laken and Karrie Bluck and Zachery and Matthew Rassman; mother-in-law, Pauline Rice; sisters, Kathy (Gene) Weaver of Sandusky and Mary Ann (Scott) Witter of Marblehead; brother, John (Laura) Ashby of Perry, Ohio; nieces and nephews, Eric, Chris, April, Jordan, Roseann, Emily and Daniel; great nieces, Katee and Rosemarie; and his dog and constant companion, Boo.
He was preceded in death by an older brother, Rick.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 Thursday until a memorial service at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of West Lafayette, 688 E. Main St., West Lafayette, with the Rev. David Kraft officiating. Per Tom's wishes, his ashes will be scattered by his family at a later date in Lake Erie.
For those who wish, contributions may be made to Hospice of Coshocton County, P.O. Box 1286, or Freedom Park Fund of First Baptist Church of West Lafayette. Envelopes will be available at the church. Given-Dawson Funeral Home is serving the family.
A memorial can be found at given-dawsonfuneralhome.com.