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Obituary: Edward Stanley Ash

Edward Stanley Ash, 93, died peacefully in his sleep in the home of his youngest daughter, Jackie Maas of Prescott, Ariz., on Friday, May 27, 2011.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Ana Marie; six daughters; four sons-in-law; two stepsons; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Stanley was born and raised in Canton, Ohio, and attended the University of Michigan before being drafted into the Army. Soon after, he was selected for the Army Air Corps, later the U.S. Air Force. He dropped paratroopers over Normandy on "D" Day and during subsequent major battles in Europe, and was shot down twice. He received the Bronze Star, Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Presidential Citation with two clusters, and theater ribbons with battle stars in both Europe and Korea.

In 1941, he married his beloved wife, Rosalie, with whom he had six daughters. After her death in 1959, Stanley raised his six daughters alone while continuing to serve his country as a command pilot in the U.S. Air Force and earning two master's degrees. He will be remembered for all his accomplishments and for his wonderful sense of humor and quick wit.

Dad, we hope your final flight was a smooth one. We will miss you.

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