Rev. Richard Hamilton Ash, 88 of Macon, formerly of Mexico, died at 9:30 pm, Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Loch Haven Nursing Home.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 19th at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Mexico, with Rev. Christina Cobb officiating.
Richard was born on March 31, 1924 in Toledo, Ohio, a son of Lisle Emmet Ash and Mary M. Loudenback. After graduating high school in 1942 he enlisted in the Marine Corps serving from October 5, 1942 until November 6, 1945. On June 18, 1949, Richard married Betty M Aller, who preceded him in death. On April 5, 1975 he married Ann Hadley in St. Louis, Missouri, who survives
In addition to his wife, Ann, he is survived by four sons, David H. Ash of Bowling Green, Mo., James F. Ash, and Richard "Chris" Ash of Macon, Mo., and Carl E. Ash of Kansas City, Mo.; two daughters, Mary Alice Walsh of Philadelphia, Penn., and Dorothy Ann Walch of Pueblo, Colo.; 13 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.
In 1948 he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and a Masters of Divinity Degree from the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Mass. in 1952. From June 1952 until August 1955 he served as Rector of St. Peter's church Gallipolis, Ohio. He moved to Columbia, Mo in 1955 to be in charge of college ministry for Calvary Episcopal Church. In 1956 he was called to be Rector of Calvary Church and continue in that capacity until 1965 at which time he removed to St. Louis as Associate Director of the Education Center. From 1968 to August 1970 he served as planning and program officer of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri in St. Louis. He was called by St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Kansas City to be in Charge of the Christian Education for the parish. Leaving Kansas City after two years, he was appointed Vicar of St. Alban's Church in Fulton, Mo. In 1975 he became the Bishop's Vicar for St. Matthew's Church in Mexico, Missouri and. St. Barnabas' Church in Moberly, Mo. He continued to serve St. Matthew's Church until his retirement in 1989. At various time during his tenure as St. Matthew's he also served St. Alban's Fulton, the United Church of Christ in Mexico and as Chaplain to the Missouri Military Academy.
The family suggests that memorials be given to St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Mexico.
Expressions of sympathy may be given at www.pickeringfh.com.