LEWISTOWN - J. Quintus "Quint" Ashmore Jr., 92, of Lewistown, died at 5:38 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Lewistown Hospital.
Born June 2, 1920, in Valdosta, Ga., he was the only child of the late Junius Quintus and Lilly Wadsworth Ashmore.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jayne Kyle Ashmore, in 1982, and his second wife, Marcella Burns Ashmore, in 1998.
Surviving are: daughter, Greer Ashmore Koeller and husband, Royal, of Johnstown; two grandchildren Keenan Koeller, of Johnstown, and Lyndsy Robinson and husband, Tyler, of Gainesville, Va.; and a long-time friend and loving companion, Jean F. McAlister, of Lewistown.
Mr. Ashmore graduated from Leon High School in Tallahassee, Fla., and attended the University of Florida before joining the Royal Canadian Air Force.
He proudly served as F/O during World War II. After being shot down on a night flight over Berlin, he was the sole survivor of the Halifax bomber plane crash and became a POW for 36 months.
After his stint in the RCAF, he came to Lewistown with his wife, Jayne, to join his brotherin-law with Lewistown Florist, the business from which he retired. Currently, he was the proprietor of the Highland House Apartments.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. He was a past president and honorary member of the Rotary Club of Lewistown, with more than 50 years of service, a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge 203 F&AM, of Lewistown, a 60-year member of Juniata Valley Forest No. 88, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Lewistown Commandery No. 26, Knights Templar of Mifflintown, Lewistown Chapter No. 186, Royal Arch Masons, a life member of BPOE, Lewistown Elks 663, a life member of Logan Guard Post 90, Lewistown. He served on the board of directors of the Lewistown Hospital, Derry Township supervisors and was past member and present honorary member of Camp Hunter and the local POW group.
Being an avid sailor, he was also a member of the infamous Jacks Creek Yacht Club, Lewistown. He spent many enjoyable hours sailing the waters of the Chesapeake and the Abaco with his sailing friends.
He enjoyed his life, home, yard and pond, spending many hours grooming and watching the fruits of his labor.
He will be remembered as a positive, sweet, sensitive and endearing father, grandfather, "Big Daddy" and friend. He will be missed by all that he encountered.
A graveside service will be held for family and friends at 1 p.m. Thursday Dec. 20, 2012, at Church Hill Cemetery, in Reedsville, with the Rev. Robert Zorn officiating.
In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, memorial contributions in Mr. Ashmore's memory may be make to Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 6 Herndon Ave, Annapolis, MD 21403.
Arrangements are provided by Barr Funeral Home Inc., 120 Logan St., Lewistown.
For online condolences, visit www.barrfh.com.