Charles L. ‘Butch’ Ashley

A Celebration of Life visitation for Charles L. ‘Butch’ Ashley, 61, Lawrence, will be at held from 4 to 6 pm Thursday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Butch passed away Saturday, June 23, 2018, after a brief and valiant battle with cancer.

He was born August 5, 1956, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Charles H. and Lorena M. (Girard) Ashley. He graduated from Stafford (Kan.) High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Kansas, and later earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Wichita State University. Butch worked at Stormont Vail Health in Topeka from 2003 until his death, finishing his career as the Director of Surgery Business Operations. He had worked at Hillcrest Bowl in Lawrence from 1975-78 and 1980-83, as the staff accountant at Pratt Regional Medical Center from 1983-88, as the Chief Financial Officer at Del Norte (Colo.) Hospital from 1988-92, and as the Vice President for Clinics and Professional Development at Pratt Regional Medical Center from 1992-2003. Butch was a family man, and enjoyed spending time with his family, bowling, and watching KU Jayhawk basketball and KC Royals baseball.

He married Karen L. Cramer on June 3, 1978, in Lawrence, and together they enjoyed 40 years of marriage. She survives of the home. Other survivors include four children: Daniel Ashley of Eudora and significant other Megan Walker of Lawrence, Sarah (Ashley) Preston and husband Brian of Lenexa, Andrew Ashley and wife Laura of Lawrence, and Katie Ashley of Lawrence; three siblings: Rick Ashley, Karen M. Ashley, and Ginger Callison and husband Tim, all of Wichita; and eight grandchildren: Eily, Maddie, Mitchell, Clark, Boston, Charlotte, Anna, and Jack. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Anna Ashley, and his sister Debbie Lowe.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Stormont Vail Foundation, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be made at rumsey-yost.com

Messages & Condolences

From F. Ward...

“My deepest sympathy as you mourn the passing of Mr. Ashley, may the peace of God be with you all as you grieve. I pray promises from our God and Father found at, John 5:28,29 and Revelation 21:4, will give you comfort at a time when it seems there is none to be found. These passages have been helpful to me in times of loss I pray they will give you strength in the days ahead as well.”

From Carl and Sharon Jensen...

Dear Karen and family, we were so sadden on the news about Butch. He was such a kind person and friend. Prayers for you and your sweet family.

From Janet Brown...

To the Ashley Family,
So sorry to hear about Butch. My memories of him will be the wonderful Father and awesome Grandfather he was. His smiling face and bubbling spirits will never be forgotten. Praying for the family.

From Dave & Diane Bodenhamer...

So Sorry to hear of Butch’s passing. Enjoyed your family while here in Pratt. Our prayers are with all of you.

From Lee Lauridsen...

Butch was a very good and kind man. I was very blessed to have known him. Karen, his children, grandchildren and the entire Ashley/Cramer family are in my thoughts and prayers.

From Jay & Jennifer Tusten...

So sorry for your loss. Butch was a great person. We will keep your family in our prayers.

From Lisa Conner...

My prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Butch was a wonderful boss and I treasure the time I worked with him at PRMC.

From Ginny Nystrom...

Sorry for your loss. Butch was a great boss and a great man.

From Tim & Faye Kuhn...

So sorry for your loss …..Butch was a strong man…I always appreciated his “love for family”.

From Randy Fritzemeier, Class of 1974...

I always appreciated Butch as a classmate, teammate and friend at Stafford High School. I’m sorry for your loss.

From Mary (Parris) Land...

Be blessed in knowing that Butch is whole and complete now and we will ALL see him again soon. Love to the family and may God give you peace.

From Jeanne Billings...

So sorry to hear that this dear man has been taken from you (and us) way too soon. He will be missed by many.

From Carol Brown...

Dan, I’m sorry to hear that your father passed away. My thought are with you and your family. Carol Brown

From Carl Feril...

Very sorry to read this. I have good memories of Butch and your extended family. May God bless you during this season of loss.

From Dale Hearn...

Sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. He was a good man. So I know he was a great father. He was a good friend in high school. I know he will be missed.

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