Glenn H. Ashby was born Sept. 17, 1924 in Long Beach, Calif. His family moved to Phoenix when he was only a year old. He lived in Arizona the rest of his life and died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Eva Rebecca Clardy; daughter, Mary Rodema Ashby, Albuquerque, N.M.; son, William Glenn Ashby, Sacramento, Calif.; granddaughter, Kate Moseley, Columbia University, N.Y.; sisters, Alice R. McDaniel, Prescott Valley, Ariz. and Christine I. Dudley of Kingman, Ariz.; and nieces and nephews too numerous to list.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Polly Rodema Mendenhall Ashby and Paul Revere Ashby of Christopher Creek, Ariz.; sisters, Barbara and Janet and brothers, Paul, Robert, John, Norman, Clayton and Lee.
He attended Creighton School, Phoenix Union High School and graduated from North Phoenix High School.
In May of 1938 his parents purchased the CI Ranch located in Christopher Creek, Ariz.
Following his freshman year in high school, he worked on the CI Ranch and studied through PUHS correspondence school.
He entered the Navy in July 1943, while serving his country he traveled to Pearl Harbor, Midway, Guadalcanal, Tulagi, Guam, Okinawa, Korea, and many other Pacific locations. He was discharged from the Navy in April 1946.
Thanks to the GI Bill, he was able to enroll at Arizona State University and graduated in May 1950 with a bachelor's degree in accounting and a minor in elementary education. In August 1950 he was hired by Creighton School District as an accountant and part-time teacher.
On Aug. 13, 1951, Mr. Ashby and his wife were married in Boulder, Colo. The two met in the sixth grade at Creighton School where their friendship began and their love affair grew throughout their lifetime.
He and his wife worked as partners to build Christopher Creek Lodge while continuing their lives in the Phoenix area.
In 1954 he became the controller for Creighton and continued his education, receiving his master's degree in elementary education in 1956. He also became very involved with the Arizona Association of School Business Officials and served as an officer and on numerous committees to improve the professional standing of school business officials. He continued his education at ASU and achieved his doctorate in education in 1979.
Mr. Ashby and his wife became charter members of Shadow Rock Church; he was the scoutmaster of blue ribbon Troop 260; and was co-founder of the Christopher Creek Homeowners Association.
He especially loved classic country music from the early 1930s, enjoyed fly-fishing, traveling, hunting, backpacking and golf.
A celebration of Mr. Ashby's life will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16 at Messinger Mortuary Chapel, 7601 E. Indian School Road with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Guests are invited to a reception immediately following in Messinger's Courtyard Reception Room.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2929 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016.
Editor's note: An exception to the word limit on obituaries was made in this instance because of the deceased's long history in the Rim Country.