Howard Ashcraft, 94, Albert Lea

Published 6:21am Sunday, April 14, 2013

Memorial services for Howard Glenn Ashcraft, of Albert Lea, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea.

Howard died on Friday, April 12, 2013, at Thorne Crest Retirement Community’s health care wing in Albert Lea. He was 94.

Howard was born in Moores Hill, Ind., on March 4, 1919, the son of Glendon L. and August (Windhorst) Ashcraft. He was a graduate of Aurora High School, Aurora, Ind.

Howard Ashcraft
Howard Ashcraft

He was baptized and confirmed in First Evangelical United Church of Christ, Aurora, Ind.

During World War II, Howard served in the U.S. Army infantry from August 1941 to October 1945 and attained the rank of first lieutenant. He worked as a cattle buyer for Wilson & Co. for 30 years, retiring in 1980.

While in France with the U.S. Army, Howard met the love of his life Fran Walsh. On June 9, 1951, they were united in marriage in Albert Lea. They were members of First Presbyterian Church where Howard had been an active member and served as elder.

Following his retirement Howard did refinishing and restoring of furniture for many people in the Albert Lea area. They will have a lasting memory of him by the fine work that he did. He also enjoyed gardening and for many years supplied his friends with vegetables that he grew. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Shrine Club-ALEA, American Legion and VFW.

Howard is survived by one brother, Robert (Marilyn) Ashcraft of Milan, Ind.; niece, nephews and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Fran in 2004; one brother, Clayton (Regina) Ashcraft; one sister, Verna “Mickie” (Virgil) Heller.

Howard will be greatly missed by his family and many friends, especially his Park Avenue friends. The family extends sincere thanks to the staff at Thorne Crest for the wonderful care they provided to Howard.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to First Presbyterian Church or Thorne Crest Retirement Community. Blessed be his memory.