2014-01-02 / Obituaries

Robert Wesley Ashworth

Robert Wesley Ashworth passed away peacefully at the age of 84 on Dec. 17, 2013 at Memorial Hospital in Modesto. Bob was born in Mariposa, California to George and Barbara Queen (Bays) Ashworth on Sept. 26, 1929. He came from a long line of first families to settle in Mariposa County in 1855.

At the Ashworth’s ranch, with his brothers and sisters, he helped raise livestock for the Yosemite Valley Railroad. Bob went to school in Mariposa and Merced where he met his future wife, Vivian Graves. He liked to hunt, fish, and coach his son’s baseball games. When he was younger he did some bull riding.

Bob served in the Army in the Korean War. He was involved in a battle known as “the Bloody Ridge campaign.” His outfit was nicknamed “Available Able.” He was honorably discharged as a sergeant in August, 1956.

He and his family transferred to Midpines from Merced when he was promoted to foreman with Cal Trans. After many years, he retired. Bob and Vivian stayed in the Mariposa area.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Lawrence, Albert, Ted and sister Lois Gilbride.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Vivian, his children: Sue Ashworth of Atwater, Wes and Mark Ashworth of Mariposa, and Lori (Keith) Visher of Merced and a sister, Helen Halstead, of Merced. His grandchildren are Crystal and Amanda Ashworth, Jeremiah and Daniel Bean and six great grandchildren. Robert also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

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