HERMON - Milton "Buster" Edward Ashe Jr. passed away peacefully March 16, 2014, after a long battle with dementia. Buster was born Aug. 19, 1927, in Old Town, to the late Milton and Frances (Tait) Ashe.
Buster served in the U.S. Army and received the Army of Occupation and the World War II Victory Medals. He began his career at Webber Oil in 1956 until his retirement in 1992. During his years of retirement, Buster focused on his many passions. He loved to fish and hunt - and enjoyed his time in the wilderness of Maine. He was a self-taught, creative and meticulous carpenter. Buster's woodworking included pieces as small as detailed Christmas ornaments to pieces as large as bookshelves. Together, Buster and his wife Polly, visited many craft fairs with their creations and opened a small shop out of their Hermon home, "Ashe's Crafts and Gifts." Buster was also a prideful gardener and wasn't afraid to work out in the yard from dawn to dusk. He enjoyed a game of cribbage at his kitchen table and a bowl of homemade, fresh strawberry shortcake. Buster was a quiet man with subtle humor who loved his family.
Buster was predeceased by his loving and devoted wife, Polly (Trainor) Ashe; his much-loved and missed daughter, Lorraine Garland and son-in-law, Stanley Garland, of Foxboro, Mass.; and his four siblings, Lorraine (Ashe) Brooks, Patricia (Ashe) Henry, Hartley Ashe and Wayne Ashe. Buster is survived by his three sons, Robert Ashe and his wife, Sharon, of Bangor, Brian Ashe and his wife, Robin, of Holden, and Mickey Ashe and his wife, Chris, of North Kingstown, R.I. Buster enjoyed being Grampie to his 12 grandchildren and their spouses, Lisa and Jeff Downs of Foxboro, Mass., Michael Ashe of Bangor, Wendy Garland and Jon Dore of Cape Elizabeth, Michelle and Lee Faull of Vail, Ariz., Mark and Amy Ashe of Scarborough, Skip and Bridget Garland of Mendon, Mass., Julie and Charlie Milan of Brewer, Wes Ashe and fiancée, Erynn Call, of Hermon, Jeremy and Sarah Ashe of South Portland, Ally and Paul Monyok of Hampden, Halley Gibson of Boston, and Jenna Gibson of North Kingstown, R.I. Buster is also survived by his 20 great-grandchildren.
Buster's family extends a special thanks to the nurses and staff at Orono Commons, where Buster spent the last 6 and a half years of his life. The tremendous care and love he was shown will always be remembered and appreciated.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate and remember Buster's life 10-11 a.m. Thursday, March 20, at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden, where a funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. with Pastor Garnett Chute of Hermon Baptist Church officiating. Buster's family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through www.hampdengilpatrick.com.