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Edward W. "Mule Man" Ashcraft

February 11, 1935 ~ January 24, 2019 (age 83)


Edward W. “Mule Man” Ashcraft, 83 of Salem passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at River Oaks. He was born February 11, 1935 in Wallace, WV; the son of the late Woodrow Wilson and Ercel Pauline Pope Ashcraft.

Edward served in the United States Navy with twenty years of service. He was a school bus driver, enjoyed farming and was seen in town pulling his horse trailer and got the nickname “Mule Man”. He was a member of the St Johns Masonic Lodge #24 AF&AM in Shinnston. He was a state champion coon hunter in seven states and never met a stranger.

Edward is survived by his wife Jo Ann Ash Ashcraft of sixty five years; one son, Kenneth Edward Ashcraft and spouse Eileen of Salem; six grandchildren, Kenneth “Dwayne” Ashcraft, Joseph Ashcraft, Jason Ashcraft, Stacy Stout and husband Ron, Heidi Ashcraft and Jimmy Cain; three great grandchildren, Erin, Brooke, and Dakota; three brothers, Rodney Ashcraft and wife Kay, Randall Ashcraft and wife Shirley all of Salem, and Irvin Ashcraft of West Milford; one brother-in-law, Delbert Ash and wife LuRae, Big Flint, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Edward is preceded in death by one son, Dennis Ray Ashcraft in 2018; an infant sister and one brother Ralph Ashcraft.

Family will receive friends at Greathouse Funeral Home, 1999 W. Main Street, Salem, on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 3-8pm; Funeral Service will be held at Greathouse Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Larry McKim officiating . Interment will follow at K of P Cemetery where Masonic Funeral Rites will be accorded by the St Johns Lodge #24 of Shinnston and full military honors will be accorded by the United States Navy.

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January 29, 2019

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Greathouse Funeral Home and Cremation
1999 W Main Street
Salem, WV 26426

Funeral Service
January 30, 2019

11:00 AM
Greathouse Funeral Home and Cremation
1999 W Main Street
Salem, WV 26426

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