Russell Ash

by Rita Cox

Russell Harlow Ash, 72, of Quincy, died September 7, 2015.

He was born April 7, 1943 in Washington, District of Columbia, the son of Ara Russell and Pauline Patricia Hymon Ash.

He graduated from Cordell (Oklahoma) High School and from Oklahoma State University with an Associates Degree in Technical Education. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture and Applied Science. In 1971, he graduated from Clemson University in South Carolina with a Masters of Science in Management.

Russell was hired by Allis Chalmers in Milwaukee, Wisc., where he worked on the outdoor products task force and engineering staff. He was sent to Columbia, South Carolina, to help start a plant for the manufacture of all-terrain vehicles. This was the beginning of his career specializing in the start-up of new manufacturing facilities. In 1983, he and his family moved to Quincy where he helped start Can-Am and served as plant manager. That company would become Titan Wheel. He worked there as Vice-President until his retirement.

Russell enjoyed playing tennis and golf, hunting, and traveling.

Survivors include: four children: Tracy Scott,Oklahoma City, OK; Russell Scott Ash, Erin (Parker) Armbruster, and Colin Ash all of Quincy; eight grandchildren: one great-grandson, a sister, and a nephew,

He was preceded in death by his parents

Visitation was held September 11, 2015 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home in Quincy.

In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to benefit QUEST therapeutic riding facility. Russell loved animals and was fascinated by the physical therapy children received from the horses. He hoped to assist area therapy students and continue to improve the facility to meet the needs of those students and to rescue horses.

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