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A.J. Ashe

A.J. Ashe, 88, of Akron, Ohio, passed away July 25, 2013. He was a former resident of Kenton and the brother and brother-in-law of Mary Louise and Richard Davis of Kenton.
A memorial service was held July 30 at Billow Fairlawn Chapel in Ohio, with the Rev. Bob Beals officiating. Following the service, a luncheon was served at Fairlawn Country Club. Private interment was to take place at Rose Hill Burial Park in Ohio.
The family requests that memorials be made to First Baptist Church, 1670 Shatto Ave., Akron, OH 44313 or Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service.
He was the son of the late Audelle Bryant and was born Nov. 20, 1924, in Kenton, where he resided through his high school graduation. He joined the U.S. Navy aviation program at age 18. His entire service was in the U.S.A. He left the Navy as lieutenant (junior grade). He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee and earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. at Cornell University.
After serving on the Cornell staff for a year, he joined Economics Research at Armour & Co. and later went to Butler Mfg. Co. He joined B.F. Goodrich in 1960 as manager of economics research. After serving in several positions of increasing responsibility, he retired in 1983 as senior vice president of the B.F. Goodrich Corp.
He was a member of many local, national and international committees, boards and advisory groups, including being chairman of the elite Conference of  Business Economists. In 1964, at the request of the State Department, he represented the U.S. at a meeting of the heads of European countries in Russia. Among local groups he served were University of Akron, Akron Community Foundation, United Way of Summit County and Akron General Medical Centre.
He was a member of First Baptist Church and served in many responsible positions, including life trustee at the time of his death.
He is also survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Robbie Ashe; three sons and daughters-in-law, John and Beth Ashe, Robert and Karen Ashe and David and Marilyn Ashe; his granddaughter, Jodi; his grandson, David Jr.; his great-grandson, Jackson; two step-grandchildren, Paul and Nick; his brother, Walter of Bristol; and three sisters-in-law, Annette Varnum of Chagrin Falls, LaRue of Dallas and Louise of Memphis.