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Obituary for Lewis Eugene Ashcraft
Lewis Ashcraft, age 93 of Littleton, CO passed away peacefully April 14,2017, with family by his side. He was born September 2, 1923 to Robert and Velma Ashcraft on the family farm in Matheson, CO. He was the third of 9 children. His family moved to Gypsum and he graduated from Eagle Valley High School.
He served in the Marine Corps during WWII 1943-1946. He was on the Vela Gulf aircraft carrier from May 1945 to October 1945 in the South Pacific. He was a Radio Gunner, and Power Turret on the TBM Avenger aircraft- torpedo bomber. After the war he went back to the Western Slope of CO and filled his time breaking wild bronco’s. He eventually ended up in Boulder, CO working for Cryenco. During this time he went to the Marshall Islands on top secret clearance to do tests on the Hydrogen bomb. He was overseas for a few years and traveled through southeast Asia during this time.
Not long after this, he reconnected with Naomi Dozier from Gypsum and they were married in 1958. They lived in the Denver area most of their married life. He was a member of Pipe-fitters Local Union No. 208, and worked on many projects, he worked on the Denver International Airport, and was the Master Welder at Anschutz Medical Center.
Lewis was a problem solver, and could fix anything. So often he would drop everything to help a neighbor. He walked his dog, Buddy, daily around the neighborhood lake, everyone knew them both by name. His unselfish spirit will live on by his kindness and generosity.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of over 50 years, Naomi. He is survived by his children Tammy (Tom) Buzbee of Eagle, CO, Candace (Joe) Youngman of Roselle, IL and Christopher (Eden) Ashcraft of Orlando, FL, and five grandchildren Evan and Erica Buzbee and Cameron, Tyler, and Connor Youngman. He is also survived by one brother, Ken Ashcraft and two sisters, Charlotte (Cliff) Houghtlen and Shirley (Fay) DeBerard.
He was preceded in death by his three brothers and two sisters.
Memorials can be made to Northern Colorado Honor flight.