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Robert G Ashcraft

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Robert G Ashcraft

Birth
West Virginia, USA
Death
7 Aug 2006 (aged 85)
Coupeville, Island County, Washington, USA
Burial
Coupeville, Island County, Washington, USA GPS-Latitude: 48.2063874, Longitude: -122.7069862
Plot
Sec. J Sherman Addon Space 47
Memorial ID
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Robert Ashcraft, 85, slipped peacefully from this earthly life on August 7, 2006 in Coupeville following a short illness. Robert was born in Clarksburg, W.V., on Sept. 1, 1920 to Archie and Estella Ashcraft.
He married his high school sweetheart, Alice Laulis in Ashland, Kentucky on Feb. 3, 1940. They shared 66 wonderful years together and raised three children. He began his working years in the coal mines of West Virginia and then for Westinghouse, before moving to Sacramento in 1956. He worked as a machinist for 28 years in the aerospace industry with AeroJet General Rocket Co. Robert was responsible for finishing the rocket engines throughout the U.S. space program starting with the Mercury sub-orbital flights, the Titan program, Apollo 1 through Apollo 12, and ended with the Columbia Space Shuttle. He beamed with pride when the astronauts returned and would seek him out to thank him for his superb craftsmanship. He served on the Pride Program at AeroJet due to his exemplary performance.
Robert, an all-state basketball player in West Virginia, loved all sports and was a high school and college referee. He became an avid golfer when he took up golf at the age of 36. Many dream of a hole-in-one, but Bob made four. Robert became a par golfer and played until his illness in June.
He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Carmichael, Calif., SIR's, Carmichael Presbyterian Church, the International Association of Machinists, the United Methodist Church of Coupeville, and the Whidbey Golf and Country Club. Robert and his wife Alice moved to Coupeville in 2002 to be nearer their daughter.
Robert is survived by his wife, Alice; his sons: David R. Ashcraft of Culver City, Calif., James G. Ashcraft (his wife Fran) of San Diego; his daughter, Carolyn J. Ashcraft Garthwaite of Coupeville; his grandchildren, David (wife Kari) Ashcraft, Timothy (wife Trina) Ashcraft, Christopher Ashcraft, Gregory (fiancee Jill) Ashcraft, Kimberly Ashcraft, Ami (husband Bill) Muilenburg, Aaryn (husband Michael) Dell'Antonia and Arik Garthwaite; and his brother, John M, Ashcraft of West Virginia; and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Archie Ashcraft, Jr.
07 Aug 2006 Whidbey News Times Whidbey WA
Robert Ashcraft, 85, slipped peacefully from this earthly life on August 7, 2006 in Coupeville following a short illness. Robert was born in Clarksburg, W.V., on Sept. 1, 1920 to Archie and Estella Ashcraft.
He married his high school sweetheart, Alice Laulis in Ashland, Kentucky on Feb. 3, 1940. They shared 66 wonderful years together and raised three children. He began his working years in the coal mines of West Virginia and then for Westinghouse, before moving to Sacramento in 1956. He worked as a machinist for 28 years in the aerospace industry with AeroJet General Rocket Co. Robert was responsible for finishing the rocket engines throughout the U.S. space program starting with the Mercury sub-orbital flights, the Titan program, Apollo 1 through Apollo 12, and ended with the Columbia Space Shuttle. He beamed with pride when the astronauts returned and would seek him out to thank him for his superb craftsmanship. He served on the Pride Program at AeroJet due to his exemplary performance.
Robert, an all-state basketball player in West Virginia, loved all sports and was a high school and college referee. He became an avid golfer when he took up golf at the age of 36. Many dream of a hole-in-one, but Bob made four. Robert became a par golfer and played until his illness in June.
He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Carmichael, Calif., SIR's, Carmichael Presbyterian Church, the International Association of Machinists, the United Methodist Church of Coupeville, and the Whidbey Golf and Country Club. Robert and his wife Alice moved to Coupeville in 2002 to be nearer their daughter.
Robert is survived by his wife, Alice; his sons: David R. Ashcraft of Culver City, Calif., James G. Ashcraft (his wife Fran) of San Diego; his daughter, Carolyn J. Ashcraft Garthwaite of Coupeville; his grandchildren, David (wife Kari) Ashcraft, Timothy (wife Trina) Ashcraft, Christopher Ashcraft, Gregory (fiancee Jill) Ashcraft, Kimberly Ashcraft, Ami (husband Bill) Muilenburg, Aaryn (husband Michael) Dell'Antonia and Arik Garthwaite; and his brother, John M, Ashcraft of West Virginia; and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Archie Ashcraft, Jr.
07 Aug 2006 Whidbey News Times Whidbey WA


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