Bear River City- R. Dale Ashby (69) passed away at his home surrounded by his family on June 27, 2016 in Bear River City, Utah. He was born May 23, 1947 in Ogden, Utah to Isabell Clark and Briant Earsel Ashby. He married Carole M. Badger in the Logan LDS Temple on April 2, 1970.
Dale attended and graduated from Roy High School and went on to serve in the US Navy on board the aircraft carrier USS Constellation for eighteen months, during the Vietnam War, and then as an air traffic controller at the Naval Air Station in Fallon, Nevada for two and a half years. He later graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor degree in Math Education.
Dale was employed as an electrical engineer, programming the on-board fire power computer for the F – 16 at Hill Air Force Base. He retired in 2009 after 24 years. F – 16 Block 30 has highly accurate bombing to which Dale heavily contributed. F – 16 pilots and co-workers valued his tenacious and articulate troubleshooting and designs. He was one of the first at Hill AFB to be awarded the title and position of “Subject Matter Expert”.
He spent many happy hours outside cultivating his vegetable garden. He also loved to travel and spent many hours on the open road with his family.
Dale is survived by his sweetheart and eternal companion Carole M. Ashby; children, Wendy Ashby (Tuscon, Arizona), Michelle (Earl) Cherry (Eden, Utah), Heidi (Brian) Collet (Moraga, California), Tami Ashby (Bear River City, Utah) and four grandchildren Parker, Ayla, Evie, and Maeve. He is also survived by his brother Howard (Nola) Ashby (St. George, Utah), his mother in law Blanche Badger (Perry, Utah), sister in law Sandra Ashby (Roy, Utah), several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Briant and Isabell Ashby, siblings Don Ashby, Betty Bell and Dorothy Dahling, as well as his father in law Harold H. Badger, and brother in law Bruce C. Badger.
The family would like to thank Dr. Carl Gray and staff at Utah Hematology and Oncology for the skilled, compassionate care Dale received throughout his treatment.
Funeral services for Dale will be held on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 11:00 am. Viewings will be held on Friday evening, July 1, 2016 from 6-8 pm and prior to the funeral service from 9:30 – 10:30 am. All services will be held at the Bear River City LDS Chapel (5870 N 4700 W, Bear River City, UT). Interment Bear River City Cemetery (N. 4600 W.) Military honors will be presented at the cemetery by the Combined Veterans of Box Elder County.