Funeral services were held on Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. Rev. Ethan Sayler officiated. Burial was in the Wayside Cemetery, Frederick, S.D. Visitation was held Nov. 15, from 1p.m. until 9 p.m.,
Tom was born on Feb. 5, 1925 in Frederick, S.D. to William and Charlotte (Pew) Ashbaugh. Tom was educated in Frederick, S.D. He served in the United States Army during World War II from 1943-1946 in Germany, France, and Czechoslovakia. In 1949 he re-enlisted with the Army and served as a military escort stationed in Illinois until 1952 escorting some 100 soldiers home for burial. Tom was previously married to Ada Fern Walker. He worked for a short time for the city of Paullina, McLaughlin Electric in Cherokee, Iowa and also the city of Evansville, Wis.
In 1959 Tom opened Tom's Shoe Repair in Cherokee, and operated this business until 1969 when he moved to Denver where he worked in major shops. He returned to Cherokee in 1982 and reopened Tom's Shoe Repair, which he operated until his retirement.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Robert "Buck", Joe, Arthur, and Wallace Ashbaugh[ ; three sisters, Mary Schnabel, Virginia Eichelberg, and Dorothy Ashbaugh; three brothers-in-law, Walter Schnabel, Oscar Eichelberg, and Curtis Fellows.
Tom is survived by two sons, Roger Ashbaugh and his wife, Julie, of Meriden, and Daniel Ashbaugh of Arvada, Colo.; one daughter, Carolyn Kriener of Arvada, Colo.; one step-daughter, Merriellen Bedosky of Binghamton, N.Y.; one grandson, Chris Ashbaugh of Boulder, Colo.; one granddaughter, Emily Ashbaugh of Arvada, Colo.; four sisters, Klee Randolph and her husband, David, of Marshall, Wis.; Jeanette Kindt and her husband, Ron, of LaCresent, Minn.; Lois Schnabel and her husband, Rueben, of Evansville, Wis.; Genevieve Fellows of Evansville, Wisc.; many nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews.