Ernest Ashba Sr., 72

Ernest Bruce Ashba Sr., 72, of Wabash, died at 5:55 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at his daughter's home in Fort Wayne.

He was born March 10, 1946, in Anderson, to Andrew Jackson and Inez Lucille (Redding) Ashba.

Ernie worked and retired from the Indiana Department of Transportation in 1995 after more than 20 years. He married Mary Bryant in Wabash on Sept. 14, 1979. Ernie was also a truck driver and drove a bus for the Dallas Winchester Senior Center in Wabash. He enjoyed scrapping, but especially loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ashba of Wabash; three children, Lora (Grant) Acker, Bruce Ashba, and Eric (Amy) Ashba, all of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren, Derek (Amanda) Hinrichsen of Columbia, Mo., Brittany (Mike) McNally and Kyleigh (Justin) Chambers, both of LaFontaine, Justin Acker of Fort Wayne, Damien (Jocelyn) Ashba of Huntington, Matthew (Alexa) Owen of Amboy, Nathan Owen of Bunker Hill, and Mackenzie (Dereck) Warner of Fort Wayne; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Rebecca Ashba, four brothers, and two sisters.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Dr. Kent Young officiating. Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are the 700 Club or the Animal Shelter of Wabash County.

The memorial guest book for Ernie may be signed at

Posted on 2019 Jan 22