Arthur Ashpaugh Sr.


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Posted Online: March 11, 2013, 7:59 pm
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Arthur G. Ashpaugh Sr., 84, of Rock Island, died Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Heartland Health Care Center, Moline.
Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church, Rock Island. Burial is at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. today at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church or to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.
Arthur was born Dec. 12, 1928, in Riverside, Calif., the son of George David Ashpaugh and Johanna Berge Ashpaugh. He married Lucille G. Russell on April 30, 1949, in Rock Island.
He graduated from Sterling High School, Sterling, Ill. He retired from John Deere Harvester Works, Moline, where he worked for 28 years. He previously worked 17 years at the J.I. Case Co. plant, Rock Island.
Art was a member of First Lutheran Church, Rock Island, since 1952, where he drove the Sunday school bus for many years and was an usher. He enjoyed golfing, boating, bowling, fishing and camping.
Survivors include his wife, Lucille; sons and daughters-in-law, Arthur G. Jr. and Elsie Ashpaugh, Milan, and David R. and Geraldine Ashpaugh; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and his sister, Lee Harrison, Auburn, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Online condolences may be left at wheelanpressly.com.












 



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