Ranger L. Ashby, age 82, of Hustisford, Wis., passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at his home.

Ranger was born on July 30, 1937, to James and Goldie (née Mayne) Ashby in Tigerton, Wis.

Ranger officially met the love of his life, Judy Walker, at Group Therapy . . . a bar in Hartford, Wis., in 1968, although he had delivered dry-cleaning to her family when she was just a kid. He had no idea then that she would become his bride on Aug. 16, 1969, in her hometown of Ontonagon, Mich.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Judy.  Together, they enjoyed their time at the cabin in the North Woods, years of bowling leagues and baseball games, countless sports, scouting, music, and theater events with their children and grandchildren, and many, many journeys around the United States.

Whether they were off on an adventure in his favorite Honda mini-van or working in his garden, Ranger and Judy enjoyed their time spent together. They teased and joked as 50-years-married couples do, but loved to be with one another.

Ranger is also survived by his cherished children, Michal (Kim), Becci (Jim) Gerbitz, and Stacie (Stephen) Ashby; his grandchildren, Tanner, Carson and Reece Gerbitz, Jaxon and Greyson Ashby, Lilly Gerber, his AFS kids…Kurt (Switzerland), Michela (Italy), Dave (Australia), Lorena (Chile) and Barbara (Hungary).

Ranger also leaves behind his siblings-in-law, Fritz Vorass, Carol (Don) Miilu, John (Eunice) Walker, Jerome (Pat) Walker and Bob (Janine) Walker. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Ranger was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ken; his sisters, Marcela, Jean, Zela and Carole; and his brother-in-law, Timothy.

Ranger served in the Army when he was young.

At one point he worked at the local Dari-Maid and set pins at a bowling alley, but spent most of his adult life as a machinist.

He worked at Evinrude in Milwaukee, West Bend Co., Chrysler, and Bayliner in Hartford, then Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac before retiring in 2000.

Ranger will be remembered for his brilliant sense of humor, his hilarious comebacks, and for making silly faces . . . usually when we were trying to take a photo.

His grandchildren delighted in his puns, as ridiculous as they were, and his sassy comments. Ranger would do silly things, like pointing at the sky in Jackson Square in New Orleans just to see who was paying attention and to make people laugh.

He had a collection of witty shirts that he wore mostly as conversation starters. A favorite of the grandkids was one that says, “I’m about to do something AWESOME!” He had the foresight (or misfortune) to wear it once at Disney World and entertained his family thoroughly with his retorts to the cast members who attempted to witness his awesomeness. 

In addition to entertaining his kids and grandkids, Ranger also enjoyed fishing, watching the Brewers and Packers, gardening, and traveling with family. In recent years, he had traveled to Italy and Switzerland on a grand adventure with Michal. He also crossed off parts of his bucket list with trips to Alaska, California, the Bahamas, and Brewers spring training in Arizona.  He loved to travel cross-country by train, but enjoyed the luxury of a cruise as well.

Funeral services for Ranger were held on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at Shimon Funeral Home, Hartford, with the Rev. Frank Baiocchi officiating.

Shimon Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences and tributes may be shared at www.shimon­funeralhome.com.