Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
December 28, 2012 11:38 am EST


WARSAW — Russel Lawrence Ashcraft, 90, of Maple Street died Dec. 27, 2012, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 14, 1922, in Coshocton County to the late Clarence O. and Nanna A. (Campbell) Ashcraft. He was a retired employee of the former Shaw-Barton Co. in Coshocton, and a 1940 graduate of Warsaw High School. He was a member of the Warsaw United Methodist Church, and served on the Warsaw, River View and Coshocton County School Boards.

He is survived by three daughters, Sue Kimble of Mount Vernon, Becky (Larry) Pepper and Janet Ashcraft of Warsaw; eight grandchildren, Lisa Ringwalt of Springfield, Amy (Gene) Sawan of Akron, Julie (David) Lee of Muskegon, Mich., Mary Beth Miller of Cincinnati, Heather (Jay) Sullivan of Boston, Mass., Jennifer (Jason) Hogue of Pataskala, Megan (Shawn) Rupert of Newark and Russel (Brooke) Pepper of Reynoldsburg; 15 great-grandchildren, Daniel Owen, Allison (Tyler) Bayliss, Abigail and Andrew Lee, Jessica, Kathryn, Christina and Sarah Miller, Fiona, Wyatt, and Aurora Sullivan, Jarrod and Jocelyn Rupert, and Meredith and Kyle Hogue; and two great-great-grandchildren, Aiden and Gwen Bayliss.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice E. “Betty” (Bechtel) Ashcraft, whom he married June 4, 1942, she died Aug. 16, 2009. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Ashcraft.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, at 11 a.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home in Warsaw, with Mr. Ray Griffith and Pastor John Rahter officiating. Burial will be in the Valley View Cemetery at Warsaw. Visitation is today from 6 to 8 p.m. and until service time on Saturday. Visit

Memorial contributions may be made to the Warsaw United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 37, Warsaw, OH 43844.

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