Raymond Lee Ashford, 80, resident of Bronson, Kan., died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, at Mercy Health Center. He was born May 18, 1928, in Miatland, Mo., the son of Daniel Rolland Ashford and Wilma May Huntsman Ashford. Raymond was a veteran, having served with the United States Navy. He farmed on his farm in the Bronson area. He was a 49 year member of the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans and the Bronson Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include three nieces, Linda Ashford and husband Tom, Oak Grove, Mo., Debbie Burns and husband Gerry, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Sandy Sallis, Springfield, Mo.; and one nephew, David Myers, Bronson, Kan.; six great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Wilson Ashford, his father, Rolland Ashford, and his mother and stepfather, Wilma and Lawrence Pile.
Pastor David Kuns will conduct graveside services at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 31st, at U.S. National Cemetery. Military Honors will be conducted by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 V.F.W. The family and friends may meet at Cheney Witt Chapel, Fort Scott, prior to leaving for the cemetery at 10:45 a.m. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cheney Witt Bronson Chapel in Bronson. The Bourbon Masonic Lodge No. 268 will perform Masonic Rites at 7 p.m., during the visitation at the Bronson Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Moran American Legion and may be sent to Cheney Witt Bronson Chapel, P.O. Box 93, Bronson, KS 66716.