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OAKWOOD - Ted Ashcraft, 69, of Oakwood, passed away at 1:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
A memorial service will be at noon Saturday, Aug. 12, at Muncie Baptist Church with Pastor Dave Garver officiating. Visitation will be 10 a.m.-noon prior to the service at the church. Cremation rites have been accorded. Kirby Funeral Home, 708 S. Main St., Homer, is handling the arrangements.
Ted was born June 14, 1948, in Sullivan, Ind., to Debbs and Virginia Frakes Ashcraft.
He married Margie Hazelbaker on Dec. 3, 2006, in Oakwood. She survives.
Survivors also include his mother, Virginia Ashcraft of Sullivan, Ind.; children, Ed (Jennifer) Ashcraft of Warsaw, Ind., Michael Stanis of Albuquerque, N.M., Kate (Zach) Springman of Greenwood, Ind., and Stacy (Michael) Maynard of Flatville, Ill.; his best friend, Randy Sanders; grandchildren Tyra, Hailey, Skylar, Shay, Ryan and Gavin; brother, Tom (Kathy) Ashcraft of Jasper, Ind.; sister, Margaret (Jim) Rogers of Sullivan, Ind.; stepsister, Pat (Bob) O'Banion of LaPorte, Ind.; stepbrother, Jim (Darlene) Ashcraft of Bristol, Ind.; sisters-in-law Helen (Mike) Welch of Fairmount, Peg (Chuck) Mabry of Fithian and Polly (Mike) Stone of Greenwood, La.; and brother-in-law, John (Tammy) Hazelbaker of Fithian.
He was preceded in death by his father, Debbs; maternal grandparents Herbie and Hazel Marts Frakes; paternal grandparents Thomas and Lucy Taylor Ashcraft.
Ted attended Sullivan High School. He joined the Marines and served in Vietnam in 1967 where he earned a Purple Heart. After his discharge, he returned to Sullivan, Ind. In 1974, he moved to Oakwood, Ill. He worked as a truck driver and an auto mechanic.
Ted was a member of Vincent Hays American Legion Post 610 and was affiliated with Muncie Baptist Church. His hobbies included NASCAR, racing cars, camping, fishing, the Cubs, the Fighting Illini and the Indianapolis 500 and its traditions. His true love was racing and among his favorite memories were the times spent at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Larry Cannon and the nights he spent working on race cars and going to the local dirt tracks with Bryan Clendenen and the No. 53 race crew.
Memorials can be made to Muncie Baptist Church Sunshine Committee.
Published on August 8, 2017
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