Paul Michael Ash, 63, Ferdinand

Paul AshPaul Michael Ash, 63, of Ferdinand, died Thursday (March 28) at his home. He was born May 16, 1949, in Chicago, to Robert Sr. and Mary Jane (Grosvenor) Ash.He married the former Miriam Tretter on June 16, 1978 in Marengo Cave.

A Vietnam War veteran, Ash retired in 2010 as co-publisher and co-owner of DSC Publishing Co., Inc., publishers of the Ferdinand News and Spencer County Leader. An accomplished singer-songwriter he was awarded an Indiana Arts Commission Grant to write songs focused on Indiana History. His memberships included the Indiana Karst Conservancy, Ferdinand VFW Post 11365, Ferdinand American Legion Post 124, and was a National Speleological Society member for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Miriam Ash of Ferdinand; one daughter, Carla Striegel-Winner and her husband, Jamie Winner of Ferdinand; his mother, Mary Jane Wigand of Paoli; two brothers, Robert Ash Jr. of Elma, Washington and Chris Wigand of Paoli. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Ash Sr., his stepfather, Oscar Wigand and by one brother, Dr. Donald Ash.

Services willl be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to the newly established Paul Michael Ash Art and Music Fund within the Ferdinand Endowment at the Dubois County Community Foundation.

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