Larry Jennings Ash Jr. was born in Independence Missouri on June 13, 1965 and passed away in his home under the care of Hospice Compassus and his family on Thursday March 17. He worked at Truman Lake Manor in Lowry City for 16 years (the last 6 as an LPN) and was a resident there from August 2015 until January 2016. The pride of his life were his children Jacob Ash age 7, Garret Ash age 5, and Jenna Sue Ash age 2. He was also survived by his wife Kerri Ash of Bolivar Mo, his mother Karen Ash, sister Debby Ash, grandmother Faye Wright, nephew Josh Ash, Katrina Corbin and their baby Karen Ash of the home. Also survived by a half sister Patty Arnold of Springfield and nephews Travis Ash and Joseph Ash, step children Johnny Harper and Harley Flower as well as numerous other nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father Larry Ash, Sr. and his sister Julie Ash.
Life has been pretty rough on Larry for the last year or so. Death is not the evil that many believe it to be. So many of us do whatever we can to avoid it as long as possible. We even grasp at straws sometimes to keep death away from us. But death is not the enemy. It takes us when our bodies are no longer prepared to carry on our current lives. It brings us peace and freedom from pain as God has planned. It is life that is often the enemy. The siren that convinces us to hold onto it as long as we can even though we are filled with pain. We should let our life leave us when it is time and do it gladly instead of with sorrow and bitterness. Jesus wants us and when we arrive we will wonder what it was that held us back from it so long.