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300 South Morton Street ( U.S. 31)
Franklin, IN 46131
Phone: 317-738-0202
Fax: 317-736-0210
Thomas Ashley

Thomas W. "Tom" Ashley

Sunday, November 29th, 1942 - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
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Thomas W. “Tom” Ashley, 76, of Morgantown, IN. passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin, IN. He was born November 29, 1942 in Indianapolis, IN. to the late Thomas Wayne Ashley and Liddie May (Esteb) Ashley. He married Nancy J. (Johnston) Ashley on December 12, 1965 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Reseda, California, she survives.
Tom attended Center Grove Schools. He had been a Johnson County Sheriff Deputy for over 37 years having been part of establishing the Johnson County Sheriff Horse Patrol and providing security at Center Grove High School and Indian Creek High School basketball games. He previously had been a Deputy for the Brown County Sheriff’s office, and owned and operated Ashley Drywall and Painting. He was a United States Army Veteran of the Vietnam War having received two Purple Hearts.
In May of 2018, he was part of the Indy Honor Flight to Washington D.C. He was a member of Beech Grove Baptist Church in Trafalgar, IN, the Fraternal Order of Police, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Past Master of Union Village Masonic Lodge #545 in Providence, Union Village Order of the Eastern Star #584, Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine, and the Johnson County Shrine Club. He enjoyed deep sea fishing, going on cruises, playing cards, and especially playing poker.
Survivors include his wife Nancy J. (Johnston) Ashley of Morgantown, IN; children Tracy L. Hilton (Larry) of Bargersville, IN, Thomas Wayne Ashley Jr. (Ladeana) of Bargersville, IN, and Tammara A. Zieleniuk (James) of Columbus, IN; ten grandchildren Seth Hilton and Kaitlyn Hilton both of Bargersville, IN, Jacob Ashley of Springfield, MO, Zachary Ashley (Amber) of Ft. Riley, KS, Madison Ashley of Bargersville, IN, Justin Everhart of Melbourne, FL, Ryan Everhart (Britney) of Camby, IN, Michael Zieleniuk of Columbus, IN, Natasha Roth (Sean) of Indianapolis, IN, and Tabath Zieleniuk of Indianapolis, IN; three great-grandchildren Briella Ashley, Lydia Zieleniuk, and Jaxson Donnelly.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Larry Ashley and Raymond Ashley.
The Reverend Ron Sodrel will conduct a service on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 10:30 A.M. at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 South U.S. 31 (Morton Street) in Franklin, IN. Friends may call Monday, May 13, 2019 from 4PM till 8PM at the mortuary where Union Village Masonic Lodge #545 will conduct a Masonic service at 7:45 PM. Entombment will take place at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood, IN, with full military honors being conducted by the United States Army and Franklin American Legion Post #205 Honor Guards. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 6500 Technology Center Drive, Zionsville, IN, 46077 or at, or the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana, 911 East 86th Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN, 46240 or at Online condolences may be sent to the family at Information at 317-738-0202.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, May 13th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, May 13th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Swartz Family Community Mortuary And Memorial Center
    300 S. Morton Street (U.S.31)
    FRANKLIN, IN 46131
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Union Village Masonic Lodge #545 will conduct a Masonic service at 7:45 PM.
  • Service

    Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 10:30am
    Swartz Family Community Mortuary And Memorial Center
    300 S. Morton Street (U.S.31))
    FRANKLIN, IN 46131
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Reverend Ron Sodrel
  • Interment

    Forest Lawn Memory Gardens
    1977 S State Road 135
    GREENWOOD, IN 46143
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    Entombment will take place at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood, IN, with full military honors being conducted by the United States Army and Franklin American Legion Post #205 Honor Guards.


  • American Legion
  • Eastern Star
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • Masonic Lodge
  • Purple Heart Award from the U.S. Military
  • Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
  • Shriners
  • US Army
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars


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Donetta Dowell

Posted at 11:43am
It was very sad to hear of Tom's passing away. I meet Tom back in the late 90's as he was a good friend of my late Fiancée Richard Sanders, Sr.. I'm sure they are both in heaven now together having a few good laughs together like old times. Tom was a very nice, kind, sweet and funny guy. He used to really tease my oldest daughter a lot about her name because it was Ashley. He would tell her that she stole his name and she would argue back no I did not! He would then say yes you did because my name was Tom Ashley first because I'm older than you! She would get the biggest kick out of the fact that they had the same name. My deepest sympathy's to the family during this heart breaking time. He will be deeply missed by all. Donetta Dowell

Lish Calhoun

Posted at 07:27pm
Tom will be dearly missed by his poker family. We sure loved how animated he would get during a card game. We send our deepest condolences, Shawn Fellows and Lish Calhoun.

Melissa Ressino

Posted at 02:53pm
There are not words to express how much we thought of him. He was a one of a kind, genuinely loving man. He was always just a phone call away if we ever needed anything and always with a smile and a hug. Katie has such fond memories of "her Pap-paw A". All of you are in our thoughts and prayers and if we can do anything for you during this difficult time please let us know. All of our love, Tony, Melissa, Tyler, Gracie and Ryan Ressino, Katie, Tyler and Jackson Stockrahm and Judy Allen.

The Harrington's

Posted at 05:40pm
Ashley family you are in our thoughts and prayers. Our Deepest Sympathies, Ron and Becky Herrington, Tiara and Shane Kirby
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Love always, Denis, Gail, Daun, Debi and our fami

Posted at 06:24pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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