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408 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 0866
Farwell, MI 48622
Phone: 989-588-4541
Fax: 989-588-6084
Larry Ashley

Larry L Ashley

Thursday, December 31st, 2020
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Larry Lee Ashley – Age 74 of Farwell, passed away on December 31, 2020 at MidMichigan Medical Center-Gratiot in Alma with his loving wife, Lisa, by his side. Larry was born in Farwell to his parents, Joseph Nelson and Mary Virginia (Sparta) Ashley on June 24, 1946, the oldest of 5 siblings. In October of 1969, Larry left Farwell to join the United States Army, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment (Bobcats) and served his country honorably, earning a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal, a Vietnam Campaign Medal, and an Army Commendation Medal. Upon his return home, Larry used his experience in Vietnam and education to travel around the world. He studied to earn his master’s degree and become a college professor, traveling worldwide to lecture on drug addiction, PTSD and treatment and was especially passionate and focused on helping his fellow veterans with PTSD and drug addiction. He was a member of the National Association of Addiction Counselors. Larry taught at both the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Central Michigan University, where he was also the student advisor for the PA program. On April 3, 1997 he was joined in marriage to Lisa Gail Campa at Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Larry was an avid reader. He enjoyed history books, and he was a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. He had an extraordinary collection of these books from around the world. Larry was a member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London and traveled to many of the locations from the intriguing mystery series. He was a big ZZ Top fan, and his love for music and passion for addiction treatment led him to work on concert medical teams, treating overdoses and other similar events. Upon retiring from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Larry moved back to his childhood home with his wife and his grandchildren, Kameryn, Kyndra, and Christopher, where they remain.
Larry will be sorely missed by those surviving him, his loving wife, Lisa Ashley, his children, Hilary (Trevis) Lipsey and Kapri Dewees, grandchildren; Ty, Noah, Kameryn, Kyndra, Adam, Christopher, Chase and Kensli, his brothers; Mike (Cheryl) Ashley, Jim Ashley, sisters; Terry Moyer and Luann Knapp, loving aunt and uncle Bernie and Cecil Sparta, Janet Crawford, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary Ashley, a sister-in-law, Linda Ashley, and a brother-in-law, Ron Knapp, his delightful aunt, Ida Foor and his uncle, Jim Crawford.
According to Larry’s wishes, a cremation has taken place. To honor his passion for Sherlock Holmes, his remains will be scattered over the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland. A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Campbell Stocking Funeral Home in Farwell on his birthday, Thursday, June 24 at 11:00 AM. Please share your memories and condolences online with Larry’s family at www.CampbellStocking.com.
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    Thursday, June 24th, 2021 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, June 24th, 2021 11:00am
    Location
    Campbell - Stocking Funeral Home & Cremation Center
    Address
    408 W. Main St.
    FARWELL, MI 48622
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    Susan Sparta
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JJ Mathewson

Posted at 12:19am
Larry was a great presenter at American Counseling Association and an outstanding mentor and human being for his colleagues in MGCA. His humor and gentle nature will be missed deeply! He was a beautiful soul, and filled the world with his kindness and compassion.
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Leigh Holman

Posted at 05:46pm
This will be posted on the American Counseling Association website and published in the IAAOC newsletter. I wanted to share it with his family. I am so truly sorry for your loss.

As a very challenging year came to a close in 2020, the counseling profession lost an icon, Professor Larry Ashley. Just this past year, Larry was recognized as an ACA Fellow, which is the highest honor bestowed within ACA, and it was well-deserved. Many of you remember Larry and his importance to the profession of addiction counseling and the many contributions he made to helping individuals with trauma, particularly Veterans, who struggled with addictions and PTSD. He was very involved with two ACA divisions in particular, the International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors (IAAOC) and with the Military and Government Counselors Association (MGCA).

I first met Larry when I was a relatively new member to IAAOC. As is my tendency, I wanted to get involved, not just be a member, but I wasn’t really sure the best way to do that. I had been a counselor for well over a decade but had not been very involved with ACA before pursuing my doctorate. I gravitated toward Larry at an IAAOC meeting because, although an expert and educator, he was a practitioner at heart and had an open and welcoming spirit. He had a gentle way of being that relieved any anxiety someone might have being in the presence of a person so accomplished as he was. Larry was the chair of the IAAOC Process Addictions committee at the time, which made sense, given his extensive work at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) with gambling, substance abuse, and other process addictions. One tribute I read from Oscar Sida, on his memorial wall was that “he helped to create the substance abuse counseling services as it is today in the state of Nevada.” This is no exaggeration.

Larry literally ‘wrote the book’ on process addictions, at least one of the first ones I could find and read as a clinician, (Sun, Ashley, & Dickson, 2013, Behavioral Addiction: Screening, Assessment, & Treatment). As a generous leader, he allowed me to co-lead the process addictions committee with him and later the trauma and addictions committee, which he founded. I ended up following him as he became president of IAAOC, as well. When asked by ACA to speak to congress about the Opioid crisis a half dozen or so years ago, not feeling I was ‘expert enough’ I declined and suggested they ask Larry Ashely and Kirk Bowden, and true to form both of these cornerstones of addiction counseling rose to the occasion. This was one of many times that Larry served the counseling profession and advocated for the vulnerable clients that counselors work with. Not only did Larry testify in the Congressional Briefing on Opioid Use Disorder in 2017 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqcEKMTqsaE), but he also testified at the British House of Commons on Combat Trauma in 2011 and on addiction and trauma in 2009.

Larry notably served on the Nevada Board of Examiners for Alcohol, Drug, and Gambling Counselors from 2008-2013. He also trained police officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in Crisis Intervention Team training from 2008 to 2013, doing the important work of helping officers understand mental health challenges and how citizens may react to situations when dealing with significant effects of trauma, addictions, and mental illness. This allowed officers to empathically intervene and de-escalate situations, redirecting individuals in need of treatment to the help they needed, rather than arresting them. This is just some of the work he did that was ahead of its time, which the larger profession is only now really understanding the need for.

Larry ended his career back in Michigan where he began because even in semi-retirement his passion led him to teach as an adjunct instructor at the College of Medicine at Central Michigan University. During his time at UNLV, he taught as an adjunct professor in psychiatry in the college of medicine at UNLV and in Reno. He was an associate professor in residence at UNLV and coordinator of mental health and addiction studies where he directed the Problem Gambling Program. Although the number of service positions he held are too many to identify here, some of the higher profile were his service for six years on the Board of Directors for the American College of Addictionology and Compulsive Disorders and serving as the problem gaming expert for Addicted.com. His obituary notes that he was also a huge ZZ Top fan and loved music such that he combined this love and his passion for working with addictions to serve on concert medical teams treating overdoses at these events.

Larry dedicated over 45 years of his life to being a researcher, counselor, and professor specializing in trauma and addictions. During this time, he co-authored two books, 12 book chapters, and 14 articles. Among his many accomplishments were serving the guest editor for a special issue of Guidance & Counseling on Early Intervention and Trauma and as an editorial reviewer for the Journal of Military and Government Counseling. The journal benefited from his experience as a Vietnam Veteran and his extensive work with trauma and addiction. I remember following a two-day training he provided for MGCA in a pre-conference before the ACA convention. As I watched the participants leaving, simply in awe of his work and how much they learned from participating in the training, I was sad I missed it and made a mental note to participate in the future. Unfortunately, I missed my opportunity.

I truly believe this was where his heart was, in training mental health professionals, peer advocates, military personnel, and medical professionals how to understand and work with the significant trauma experienced by combat Veterans and the resulting challenges many struggled with related to addictions that so often result in unresolved or intransigent mental and physical health symptoms. His expertise shared with so many students and professionals over the years continues to impact lives as new military personnel return from war and need trauma-informed care.

According to his obituary, Larry was 74 when he passed with his wife Lisa by his side. He was the oldest of five kids from Farwell, Michigan. He served in the Army’s 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment (Bobcats) during the Viet Nam conflict. He won the National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal, and an Army Commendation Medal. Larry was survived by his wife, Lisa, his children Hilary (Trevis) Lipsey and Kapri Dewees, and grandchildren Ty, Noah, Kameryn, Kyndra, Adam, Christopher, Chase and Kensli. He also has two surviving brothers Mike (Cheryl) Ashley and Jim Ashley, and two sisters Terry Moyer and Luann Knapp. Larry was a member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London and loved reading. He traveled to many of the locations associated with the mystery series, and his ashes will be scattered over the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland, in honor of his love for Sherlock Holmes. Memories of Larry can be shared with his family at https://campbellstocking.com/book-of-memories/4477762/Ashley-Larry/index.php.

Oscar Sida

Posted at 12:13pm
My sincere condolences to Professor Ashey's family. Professor Larry Ashley was a great inspiration to me and generations of university students. He helped to create the substance abuse counseling services as is it today in the state of Nevada. Without his efforts, the substance abuse counseling field would not be where it is and so many other efforts Larry made throughout his career not least of which is helping me become the professional I am today. To a life well lived Professor Ashley.

Oscar Flores Sida
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brad

Posted at 06:39pm
Larry had one of the biggest hearts of anyone I've known, and his reputation, both professionally and socially, was stellar. His efforts were always focused on the betterment of others, and his passion in helping those summering trauma or significant despair was truly inspirational. I loved the feeling of calm I felt when I spoke with him, and it always brought a smile to my face when he shared stories about Lisa and his children and grandchildren. A wise and cherished friend he made a significantly positive impression on me, both in my career and personally. I loved him dearly and as I fight back tears for the loss of this great man, fond memories fill my heart.
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Erica Archuleta

Posted at 11:07pm
So sorry and saddened to hear of the passing of Larry. My heartfelt condolences to your family. I will deeply miss Larry, he was a great mentor and friend. One of my greatest influences since graduate school at UNLV and throughout the years he always checked in and kept in touch.
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