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Richard Dean Ashton

March 30, 1929 ~ May 31, 2022 (age 93)


Richard D. “Dick” Ashton, age 93, of Austin, died Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at the Cedars of Austin Memory Care.

Richard was born March 30, 1929 in Austin, Minnesota to William and Bessie (Kerr) Ashton.  He was the youngest of ten children.  He grew up in Austin and graduated from Austin High School.  Growing up, Dick worked with his father and brothers in the family business, Ashton Moving Service.  He had fond memories of that time making grocery and other deliveries to people in town.

Richard served his country in the United States Army in Korea from 1951 to 1953.  After returning he worked at the American Legion for a number of years. 

August 12, 1966 he married Beverly Hartnell in South Dakota.  They were blessed with one daughter, Kimmy Sue.

Dick enjoyed the outdoors and could usually be found working in his yard or at his property “The Woods” in LeRoy, Minnesota.

Survivors include his daughter, Kimberly (Timothy) Hansen, Austin, MN; three grandchildren, Nicole Hansen, Rochester, MN, David Hansen, Austin, MN, Jonathan Hansen, Austin, MN; two great grandsons, Nathan and Jacob Hansen, Rochester, MN; nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Beverly; seven brothers, Vern, James, Kenneth, Darrell, Robert, Donald, and William; two sisters, Gladys and Nell.

A special thank you to the Cedars staff for the care, love, and fun given to Dick.  Especially his special buddy, Sue who he always said worked too hard and was too good to him.  To Mayo Hospice staff in the short time they knew him they treated both of us with so much respect.

A Funeral Service will be held 11 am on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at Mayer Funeral Home with Rev. Donna Dempewolf officiating.  Friends may call one hour before the service at Mayer Funeral Home on Saturday.  Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #91 and V.F.W. Post #1216.

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June 4, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Mayer Funeral Home
600 2nd Street NW
Austin, MN 55912

Funeral Service
June 4, 2022

11:00 AM
Mayer Funeral Home
600 2nd Street NW
Austin, MN 55912

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