Ronald L. Ashley, Sr.

Royalton, Vt. — Ronald L. Ashley, Sr., 62, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

He was born June 13, 1950, in Hanover, N.H. the son of Benjamin and Arlene L. (Shepard) Ashley. He attended school in Bethel, Vt. On April 5, 1969, he married Susan L. Clark of South Royalton, Vt. They lived a short time in Bethel before moving to Royalton, where they raised their family. Ron worked at the Veneer Mill in Bethel, for many construction companies in the area, 17 years for the Engelberth Construction Company of Colchester, Vt., six years at Victor Technology of West Lebanon, N.H. and for many years had his own general contracting business.

He was a member of the N.R.A., a Boy Scout Leader with Chuck Ainsworth in South Royalton. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, camping, sewing, baking, cooking, building race cars, working on his 1972 Plymouth Fury, camp fires and working in his rock and flower gardens. He enjoyed his hunting trips to Colorado at his friends place, Nate and Keith Ainsworth. Ron’s greatest enjoyment was spending time with his children, grandchildren and the love of his life, his wife Susan.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Susan Ashley; a son, Ronald Ashley, Jr. and his wife, Jamie; a daughter, Stacy Ashley and her fiance, Josh McCarthy all of Royalton, a daughter, Katherine Stender and her husband, Alan of Tunbridge, Vt.; two brothers, Benjamin Ashley, Jr. and his wife, Gloria of Royalton, and Edwin Ashley and his wife, Regina of Quechee, Vt.; his grandchildren, Dakota Stender, Allison (Queenie) Hull, C.J. Hull, Kyle Ashley, Alexis (Flash) Ashley, Isabella (Girdy) Ashley, Lindsey Mathias and Jenna Hyde; his family dogs, Harley, Gunner, Moss and Mia; his best friends, Lenny Amell of Royalton and Harry DeHaven of Sheffield, Vt.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A time to celebrate Ron’s life, tell stories and meet family and friends will be held on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home, 300 VT RT 110, Chelsea, Vt. A public memorial celebration and reception will be held later this summer.

Ron’s family would like to thank Dr. Dragnev and his nurses at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and a special thank you to Phil Palmerville and the nurses of One East at D.H.M.C.

Memorial contributions may be made to: The Cascadnac Fish & Game Club, 222 Russell Road, Tunbridge, VT 05077. To offer messages of sympathy for the family online, please go to