Leon C. ‘Bones’ Ashen­fel­ter Jr. of Coatesville

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

Leon C. “Bones” Ashen­fel­ter Jr., 77, of Coatesville, died at Paoli Hos­pi­tal on Fri­day, Sept. 23, af­ter a lengthy ill­ness. At the time of his pass­ing, he was sur­rounded by Carolyn Ashen­fel­ter, his lov­ing wife of over 56 years, and his de­voted sons, Mark and Scott.

Born in Coatesville, Lee was the son of Leon and Florence Ashen­fel­ter, who pre­ceded him in death. In ad­di­tion to his wife and chil­dren, he leaves be­hind a brother, Charles (“Buddy”), and was pre­ceded in death by his sis­ter, Dorie. Bones also leaves be­hind a lot of sad hu­man hearts, as well as a very sad fe­line one.

A 1957 grad­u­ate of Coatesville High, Lee first worked driv­ing heavy equip­ment at Lipsett Steel be­fore join­ing Philadel­phia Elec­tric Com­pany as an auto me­chanic, first at the Ber­wyn Trans­porta­tion Cen­ter, then at PECO’s Coatesville fa­cil­ity.

A gifted me­chanic, he en­joyed help­ing friends fix or main­tain their ve­hi­cles when he wasn’t tin­ker­ing on his son’s cars. While Scott in­her­ited Lee’s me­chan­i­cal abil­ity, Mark in­her­ited his love of auto rac­ing.

Upon re­tir­ing from PECO, Bones joined Krapf’s Coaches, first help­ing to work on buses, and later as a Para­tran­sit driver. Long­time friends with the Krapfs, Leon and Carolyn en­joyed riding the bus to Penn State foot­ball games with their ex­tended tail­gat­ing fam­ily.

Aside from root­ing for the Nit­tany Lions, Bones also en­joyed hunt­ing, clas­sic cars, and watch­ing the Phillies, even when they were hard to watch.

Bones’ grace through three bouts with can­cer was com­mend­able, but hardly sur­pris­ing given his de­meanor.

Fu­neral ser­vices will be held at 11 a.m., Tues­day, Septem­ber 27, 2016 at the Har­ris Moun­tain Fu­neral & Cre­ma­tion Ser­vice, 1030 E. Lin­coln High­way, Coatesville where rel­a­tives and friends may be­gin call­ing at 9:30 a.m.

In­ter­ment will be in Philadel­phia Memo­rial Park, Frazer, PA.

The fam­ily would like to thank the many med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als who helped him through­out the years, in­clud­ing the on­col­ogy staff at Main Line Health’s Ex­ton lo­ca­tion, as well as the staff at Paoli Hos­pi­tal, for the high level of care pro­vided to Lee dur­ing his fi­nal months.

In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions may be made to ei­ther The V Foun­da­tion for Can­cer Re­search, 14600 We­ston Park­way, Cary, NC 27513 (cks. Payable to The V Foun­da­tion) or the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion/Amer­i­can Stroke As­soc., 5455 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

On-line con­do­lences may be made by vis­it­ing www. har­ris­moun­tain.com.

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