Leon C. ‘Bones’ Ashenfelter Jr. of Coatesville
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.