Ronald Joe Ashton © Enid Morning News 01-1982 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
Alva – Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Joe Ashton, 29, died suddenly Wednesday in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
His funeral will be at 2 PM Sunday in the Wharton Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Marvin Moberly, pastor of the Alva Wesleyan Church, officiating.
Military graveside rites will be conducted by Echo Company, 4th Battalion, 4th Training Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, in Alva Municipal Cemetery.
Ashton was born July 16, 1952, in Bartlesville and attended Bartlesville schools. He graduated from Sand Springs High School and attended Oklahoma State University before enlisting in the United States Army on April 15, 1971.
Ashton served two tours of duty in Korea, three years in Germany, a year and a half in Virginia and a year and a half with the 1st Airborne Air Assault Engineers at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
For the past year and a half he had been at Fort Leonard Wood as a drill sergeant candidate.
His military honors included three Good Conduct Mdtals, the NCO Academy Medal and he was selected for the NCOES Academy.
Ashton and Billie Irene Turnage were married October 30, 1971, at Norman. They were secretaries of the Travelers Square Dance Club. Ashton was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was preceded in death by his father on July 15, 1969, and by a grandmother and a grandfather.
Survivors are his wife Billie, a daughter, Desiree Dawn Marjorie Ashton and a son, Grady Edward Joy Paul Ashton, all of the home in Fort Leonard Wood; his mother and two brothers, Phyllis Jean Ashton, Chris Ashton and Tom Ashton, all of Bartlesville; his grandmother, Mrs. Myrtle Ashton, Aline; grandfather, Joe Hinton and great – grandmother, Pearl Hinton, both of Bartlesville.
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