Eugene “Gene” Ashby


Eugene Ashby, 79, of Huron, formerly of Woonsocket, passed away Monday, April 30, 2018, at the SunQuest Healthcare Center in Huron. 

His graveside service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 5, at the St. Martin’s Cemetery in Huron. Visitation will be from 1-7 p.m., Friday, May 4, at the Welter Funeral Home in Huron, with the family present from 5-7 p.m., and a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Eugene Ashby, the son of Robert and Bertha (Schulte) Ashby, was born on Feb. 20, 1939, in Mitchell. He grew up and attended schools in Woonsocket. Gene worked for the Armour Meatpacking Plant in Huron for many years before retiring. Gene was also self-employed as a handyman and did work for Montgomery Real Estate and managed his own properties. Gene also served in the National Guard for many years. 

Eugene married Judith Cantonwine on Dec. 2, 1961, at St. Martin’s Church in Huron. The couple made their home in Huron.

Eugene was a member of St. Martin’s and Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Huron. He was also a member of the American Motorcycle Association and the NRA for over 40 years.

He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, making trips to the Black Hills, and spending time with his family and friends. Eugene was a gifted craftsman, making key chains, knives and money clips from cut coins and other materials.

Eugene is survived by his wife, Judy of Huron; two sons, Jeff (Kerri) Ashby of Rapid City, and Anthony Ashby of North Carolina; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Charles (Teri) Ashby of Wisconsin; sister, Janice Merrick of Sioux Falls; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Rose, Elizabeth and Mary. 

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