Don’t send Fred out for a newspaper, or you might not see him for hours! Fred Wesley Ashley always made a friend whenever he left home, whether it was to get a paper or a part for a truck.
He was born February 17, 1939 in The Dalles, Ore., as the first of three sons to Maxine Fraley Ashley and Fred Ashley. He grew up on the family property in Tygh Valley bordering White River Falls. He worked with his dad, and his brothers over the years farming, and as owner of Tygh Valley Sand and Gravel, and The Dalles Concrete companies. Fred attended Oregon Technical Institute in the school of Diesel Mechanics, before marrying Leanna (Chick) Morris in 1960. Together, they raised three boys, Fred, Morris and Chuck who later became partners in the family businesses.
Fred was an avid sportsman, loved fishing and hunting. He was a lifetime member of just about every hunting organization, the NRA and also had memberships in the Elks, Moose and Eagles lodges. He traveled the world with his expertise in setting up irrigation systems, bringing water to farmer’s fields from Pivots in Saudi Arabia, to wheel lines in China and Mexico. He and longtime special friend Virgie Ellis traveled all over the world for over 20 years. He especially loved Maui, Nascar, trips to North Carolina to visit family, and traveling to Las Vegas for Concrete shows. He was extremely big-hearted and generous. If it has LED Lights, chrome, and big stacks, Fred would wave at it! He always shared a brotherhood with any other trucker.
Fred is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bob Ashley, and his son Morris Ashley. Greatly missing their dad will be his sons Fred and Chuck, and his wife Jennifer Ashley, Grandchildren Alyssa and Justin Miller, and Brandon Ashley, his girlfriend Tina, and Fred’s great granddaughter, Nicole. He is also survived by his brother Butch and his wife Donna Ashley, and 4 nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at the Tygh Valley Cemetery on Thursday, September 10, at 3:00 p.m. with family friend Tim Morelli officiating. If you would like to join the “CONVOY” for Fred’s final trip through town (and a stop at NAPA, as per Fred’s request) meet at The Dalles Concrete at 2:00 p.m.
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