Dean Curtis Ashman, 69, compassionate man who loved life

Dean Curtis Ashman
Dean Curtis Ashman

Dean Curtis Ashman passed away quietly surrounded by his loving family on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. He was 69.

Dean was born Jan 31, 1947 in Philadelphia to Frank and Marion Ashman. He was a graduate of Lenape Regional High School in Medford, N.J. Dean proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy and was honorably retired as a chief petty officer. After his Navy career, Dean attended Old Dominion University, where he graduated with honors and earned his degree as a educator. Following college, Dean enjoyed teaching at Western Branch High School for 20 years.

Dean is survived by Barbara, his loving wife of 47 years; daughter, Christin East, and her husband, Mike; son, Michael Ashman, and his wife, Amyson; son, Marc; brother-in-law, James Mitchell Jr., whom Dean had come to think of as a son; and grandchildren, Cullen, Robert, James, Alexis, Gina, Jason, Emma and Aiden. Dean is also survived by his brothers, Richard Ashman and David Ashman, and his wife, Janet; sister, Beth Anderson, and her husband, Dale; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Margaret and James Mitchell; sister-in-law, Nancy Witczak, and her husband, Ed; brother-in-law, Bruce Mitchell; and nieces and nephews, David, Christopher, Katherine, Brent, Ian, Nicole, Sarah, Lauren, Stacy, Ryan, Nathan, Brian and Robin; and numerous cousins.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents.

Dean loved life. He was a compassionate man who deeply loved his family and his fellow man selflessly. His love was evident in his work, from crafting wood to feeding the homeless; he gave his very best to everything he did. He loved deep and laughed often. He was dearly loved and we will miss him and pray for his eternal peace.

Dean will be honored with a formal ceremony by the U.S. Navy, during which he will be returned to the sea. A celebration of his life is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church of Princess Anne, 2228 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach.

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