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.
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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.