Byron George Ashburn

Byron George Ashburn, 87, Chambersburg, passed away Wednesday at Quincy Village, Quincy.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Samuel George and Mildred Elizabeth (Brubaker) Ashburn.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Jeanne Louise (Kitzmiller) Ashburn, whom he married on Sept. 3, 1950; two sons: Curtis Byron Ashburn and wife, Judy, of Washington, D.C., and Bradley Ray Ashburn and wife, Ann, of Waynesboro; and five grandchildren: Jonathan, Matthew, Rebekah, Mitchell and Kristina Ashburn.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Gregg Alan Ashburn.

Mr. Ashburn was a 1944 graduate of Altoona High School. He went on to serve honorably in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1944 until 1946. After his military commitment, Mr. Ashburn attended the former Shippensburg State Teachers College, where he played on the football team and graduated in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He went on to teach at James Buchanan High School for 20 years, where he also helped coach the high school football team.

A patriot, Byron not only served his country, but also dedicated his time to helping other veterans, his community and being with family. He served on the Charles Nitterhouse VFW Honor Guard for many years and drove the Disabled American Veterans van to transport veterans to their appointments at local VA hospitals. At various points in his life, he also served as Sunday school teacher, member of DAV PA Legislative Committee, chairman of the Homeless Veterans Commission, president of the Altoona Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees), chairman of Letterkenny Installation-Wide Transition Team, chairman of Franklin County Shelter for the Homeless, OSI board member, prison board member and volunteered at the Capitol Theatre.

He was a member of Chapel of the Four Chaplains, VFW Post 1599, DAV Chapter 78, American Legion Post 46, Shippensburg University Alumni Association, Chambersburg Ostomy Support Group, Civil Service Commission, National Education Association and Franklin County Chapter of Retired School Employees.

Byron enjoyed football, spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and traveling around the country with his wife in an RV after their retirement.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2013, and 9 until the 10 a.m. funeral service Monday, May 6, 2013, at the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, officiated by the Rev. Dr. Neal O. Hively.

Interment will follow the service at Lincoln Cemetery, where military honors will be provided by members of the Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW Honor Guard.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Byron’s name to the Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 Honor Guard, 747 S. Fourth St., Chambersburg, PA 17201.

Online condolences may be offered on his Book of Memories Page at