Kenneth B. “Heavy” Ashburn of Galena, Kan., died Friday, July 6, 2007, at Galena Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following an illness. He was 80.
Mr. Ashburn was born Sept. 22, 1926, in Clinton, Mo., to Robert A. “Pete” and Bertha Lillian (Mogg) Ashburn. He lived in Galena most of his life. He was a graduate of Neosho, Mo., High School.
He was a veteran of the National Guard.
In the 1940s, he worked at the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft plant in Kansas City, Mo. He retired as a shift supervisor from B.F. Goodrich in Miami in 1986 where he had worked for more than 30 years. He was a former member of the Masonic Lodge, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elk's Lodge in Miami. He was a member of the Spring River Boat and Ski Club and was on the board of directors for the Cherokee County Ambulance Association. He retired as a 30-year member of the Galena Fire Department.
He married Faye Watts on Dec. 26, 1944, in Columbus, Kan. She survives.
Additional survivors include two sons, Bruce Ashburn and Ben McKinzie, both of Galena; two daughters and their husbands, Sharon Kay and Don Townley and Sheila and Mike King, all of Galena, 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Austin Ashburn, and one sister, Vera Marie Bradrick.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Derfelt Funeral Home in Galena with pastor Jeff D. Martin officiating. Burial will be in Hill Crest Cemetery in Galena.
Pallbearers will be Eric King, Brad King, Todd Gardner, James Walker, K.T. Ashburn and Dane Rabago.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.