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Dr. Robert Douglas Ash, Sr.

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Dr. Robert Douglas Ash, Sr.
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Dr. Robert Douglas Ash, Sr.

May 29, 2017

Service Details                                                                                               

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until time of services beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Hohner Funeral Home with Rev. Derel Keefer officiating.

Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers, MI.

                     
                                         
Obituary Notice

Dr. Robert Douglas Ash, Sr. PhD, 97, of Three Rivers,  passed away peacefully on Monday, May 29, 2017.  Robert was born November 24, 1919 on the Sixth Avenue family farm the only son of Orin R. and Erta Zella (Catell) Ash.  

Robert helped his father run the family car business of “Orin R Ash and Son Oldsmobile”, which was the first car dealership in Three Rivers area. Robert then graduated Three Rivers High School.  While he attended Three Rivers High, Robert wrote the Three Rivers Wildcat “Fight” Song in 1938. Upon graduation he attended Kalamazoo College where he earned a B.A. Degree and then earned his M.A. degree from Western Michigan University where he met and married his loving wife, Alice L. Schumacher on January 27, 1944.  He then attended Waldon University and completed his Doctorate in Education.  Upon completing his education he taught government/ economics at Three Rivers High School before becoming principal for Berrien Springs, Cadillac, and Warren Woods Schools.  Robert was superintendent of Pickney and Carrollton Schools before retiring in 1986.

Upon his retirement, Robert also interned as superintendent for Three Rivers, Mendon, Cassopolis, Eaton Rapids, and Eau Claire Schools.  He also was a substitute teacher until the age of 88. He also served on the ISD Board for St. Joseph County as Vice president for thirteen years. He was always in a suit everywhere he went.  Robert always took pride in spending time with his family on the farm, where he worked and restored the farm house in which he was born in.  Robert was an avid Redwings and Tigers Fan.  He considered Three Rivers one of the happiest places to be. 

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Alice L. Ash, grandson, Jake Michael Ash, stepparent, Sadie Ash.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory sons, Robert D.(Joanne)Ash, Jr. and John Michael(Melissa)Ash; one grandson, Robert D. (Camille )Ash, III;  one great grandson, Xander Ash;  many cousins and friends.

                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                     
                    
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Memorials may be directed to St. Joseph County I.S. D.,  Ash Family c/o John Ash, or the Center Park United Methodist Church.  Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home.                                                                                            
                                        
                                                         
                                                                


Keith Thomas Garrison, age 72, of Kalamazoo, formerly of Three Rivers; passed away suddenly at his residence on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. He was born in Three Rivers, MI., on February 27, 1944 the son of the late Norman and Bette (Eddy) Garrison.

Keith graduated from Three Rivers High School with the class of 1962. He later graduated from Western Michigan University.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two uncles, Hugh and Doug Garrison.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory, one sister, Connie (Bob) Fuelling, one brother, Craig Garrison, both of Three Rivers; one niece, Lyndsey (Casey) Roggelin, three nephews, Andrew (Michelle) Fuelling, T.J. (Laurie) Fuelling, and Eric (Amberly) Garrison.

Keith Thomas Garrison, age 72, of Kalamazoo, formerly of Three Rivers; passed away suddenly at his residence on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. He was born in Three Rivers, MI., on February 27, 1944 the son of the late Norman and Bette (Eddy) Garrison.

Keith graduated from Three Rivers High School with the class of 1962. He later graduated from Western Michigan University.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two uncles, Hugh and Doug Garrison.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory, one sister, Connie (Bob) Fuelling, one brother, Craig Garrison, both of Three Rivers; one niece, Lyndsey (Casey) Roggelin, three nephews, Andrew (Michelle) Fuelling, T.J. (Laurie) Fuelling, and Eric (Amberly) Garrison.

Keith Thomas Garrison, age 72, of Kalamazoo, formerly of Three Rivers; passed away suddenly at his residence on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. He was born in Three Rivers, MI., on February 27, 1944 the son of the late Norman and Bette (Eddy) Garrison.

Keith graduated from Three Rivers High School with the class of 1962. He later graduated from Western Michigan University.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two uncles, Hugh and Doug Garrison.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory, one sister, Connie (Bob) Fuelling, one brother, Craig Garrison, both of Three Rivers; one niece, Lyndsey (Casey) Roggelin, three nephews, Andrew (Michelle) Fuelling, T.J. (Laurie) Fuelling, and Eric (Amberly) Garrison.

Keith Thomas Garrison, age 72, of Kalamazoo, formerly of Three Rivers; passed away suddenly at his residence on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. He was born in Three Rivers, MI., on February 27, 1944 the son of the late Norman and Bette (Eddy) Garrison.

Keith graduated from Three Rivers High School with the class of 1962. He later graduated from Western Michigan University.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two uncles, Hugh and Doug Garrison.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory, one sister, Connie (Bob) Fuelling, one brother, Craig Garrison, both of Three Rivers; one niece, Lyndsey (Casey) Roggelin, three nephews, Andrew (Michelle) Fuelling, T.J. (Laurie) Fuelling, and Eric (Amberly) Garrison.

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3 comments on article "Dr. Robert Douglas Ash, Sr."

Pamela Zandt

Dr. Ash was a kind and gentle man who served as an outstanding Board of Education member at SJCISD during my time there. I always admired his positive attitude and willingness to serve the children of St. Joseph County.


Val Schull-Rouch

RIP Mr Ash. He was always such a kind man. Prayers for all the family


Jennifer Wendt

I am so sorry for your loss. Dr Ash was a wonderful man and always loved seeing him when I walked into a class he was a sub for. Very happy and intelligent man. My heart goes to you all

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