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Service Details


Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017

Time: 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Worlein Funeral Home
Austin, Minnesota



Date: Friday, May 26, 2017

Time: 11:00 a.m.

St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Austin





Larry Gene Ashley, age 82 of Austin, Minnesota died Sunday, May 21, 2017 at New Perspective Senior Living in Faribault, Minnesota. He was born April 17, 1935 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, the son of E. L. Ashley and “Lee” Ashley. Larry moved to Austin at the age of 5. He attended Austin Public Schools, and then graduated from Austin Central High School in 1953. After graduating high school Larry attended the University of Minnesota and St. Olaf College in Northfield. On August 22, 1959, he married Patricia Ann Murnane in Austin, MN. Patricia died March 14, 1985. On August 27, 1988, he married Deanna Cooling at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin, MN. When his father was ill, he moved back to Austin to oversee the Ashley Distributing Company. Later, Larry bought the company from his father and ran a successful business until he “retired” in 1985. Afterward, he worked as a shipping and receiving manager at local businesses. He was an active and involved member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Deanna Ashley of Austin, MN; children Nancy Pelashe of Nashville, TN, David (Regina) Ashley of Faribault, MN, Joni (Lee) Hansen of Austin, MN, Susan (Kurt) Nelson of Rochester, MN, Nancy (Steve) Brick of Austin, MN, Paula (Todd) Howard of Hutchinson, MN; grandchildren Tricia (Brandon) of Winona, MN, Taryn of LaCrosse, WI, Katy and Grace of Faribault, MN, Zekiah of Nashville, TN, Nathan (Mallory) of Tucson, AZ, Josh (Mercedes) of Rocha, Uruguay, Eric of Whitethorne, CA, Tyler of Austin, MN, Katie (Jacob) of Somerset, WI, Kyle (Ashli) of Rochester, MN, Gavin of Austin, MN, Sabrina (Peter) of Rochester, MN, Beau (Jessica) of Oceanside, CA; 7 great-grandchildren Kala, Makai, Leah, Hannah, Sloane, Summer, and Bear; his sister Sharon (Sam) Brown of St. Louis, MO; nieces Linda and Kris of St. Louis, MO; cousin Russell (Helen) Ashley of Austin, MN. Larry was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Patricia.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Susan Li officiating. Friends may call from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 25 at the Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Alzheimer’s research or recipient of donor’s choice. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.

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