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A person wearing glasses  Description automatically generatedVaughn F. Ashlaw
[January 4,]* 1929 - April 8, 2019

Mr. Vaughn F. Ashlaw, age 90, formerly from Harrisville and Lake Bonaparte, New York, passed away with family at his side on Monday, April 8, 2019, at the Riverside Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Castleton, New York.

Born in Hopkinton, New York, the youngest child of Joseph and Alphozin Gokey Ashlaw, he attended schools in St. Regis Falls.  A marriage to Betty Clement on October 11, 1947, eventually ended in divorce.  On June 21, 1978, he married Marion Stevens.  From 1951 to 1954, he served in the United States Navy Reserve while traveling to many foreign countries.

For many years, he worked at the St. Regis Paper Company in Deferiet, New York, in the Super Calendar Department, eventually becoming a supervisor.  After retiring, he worked for several more years as a caretaker at Harris Courts in Harrisville, New York.

In the early 1960s, he bought property on the North Shore of Lake Bonaparte and built a summer cottage.  Every summer he spent there, he made improvements, adding docks, boat houses, ski jumps, decks, and a garage and workshop.  It, soon, became his permanent residence.

Mr. Ashlaw’s love of Harley Davidson motorcycles led him to racing them in his younger years, and he continued riding them into his 80s.  In addition, he enjoyed water skiing and dare devil ski jumping.  Moreover, he loved snowmobiling, hunting, and fishing his entire life.  Indeed, he became proficient with bows and arrow as well as with various firearms.

He was predeceased in death by his parents; his brothers, Wilfrid and Vernon; and his sisters, Edna Jones and Rosella Lewis.  He leaves behind his wife, Marion, of Carthage; two daughters, Roxanne O'Connor, also of Carthage, and Kim and George Rafferty, of Troy; three stepchildren:  Randy Stevens, of Great Bend, Roy Stevens of Texas, and Lisa Collier, of Georgia; six grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; as well as several nephews and nieces.

In accordance with his wishes, he donated his body to science for medical research into vascular diseases. A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday July 13, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Harrisville, New York, with a small luncheon to follow.

Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., Carthage, New York, 2019.

* U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2, Ancestry.com.

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