Obituary for Rex Ira Ashley

Rex Ira Ashley

Birth Date: Sep. 12th, 1941
Date Passed: Dec. 13th, 2020


Rex Ira Ashley age 79, of Grant, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at Compassion Care in White Cloud. Rex was born on September 12, 1941 in Grand Rapids, MI to the late Clayton and Nellie (Slager) ashley. He graduated from Creston High School in 1960. He served in the US Army for six years and spent two of those years in Vietnam. After he was discharged in 1967, he worked a short time at Super Food Service. Rex then got a permanent position at Dickinson Press Inc. in Grand Rapids, and worked there until he retired in 2000. On October 3, 1964 he married Sheryl Rollenhagen in Chicago. He loved travel, camping, biking, Kayaking and reading. He was a real handyman. He built the house in 1983 that he and his wife shared for 38 years. Rex and his wife volunteered for several years at State Parks in Florida as campground hosts. He was a member of Grant Christian Reformed Church. Rex is survived by his wife Sheryl, his daughter: Tammy (Max) Bouwkamp of Grant. Brothers: Ronald (Linda) Ashley of Alabama, Richard (Sandy) Ashley of Hastings, grandchildren: Christopher (Mieke) Bouwkamp of Grant, Vanessa (Greg) Bergman of Newaygo and Kimberly Bouwkamp of Grand and Great Grandchildren: Gerrit, Marente, Thijs, Luke and John. He was preceded in death by his father and mother. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Rex’s Life will be held in the spring of 2021. Go to: or Facebook @ Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna Inc. to sign the online guestbook. The Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna is in charge of funeral arrangements. 231-853-6511