Vernon Lee Ashby, 80, of Aurora passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Mercy Hospital in Springfield.

He was born October 17, 1937 in San Jose, CA. Vernon served in the Air Force and Army for 3 terms, was a POW and received a Purple Heart. He worked for Nestle Corporation for 37 years as a truck driver. He spent most of his life in California and Oregon before moving to Aurora 2 years ago.

Servivors include his wife, Dawndra; nine sons, Kenny Ashby, Greg Ashby, Larry Roggasch, Michael, Brandon, Justin and Matthew Copfer, and Carl Roggasch and Shane Ashby; two daughters, Linda Ashby and Veronica Rivera; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two daughters, Kathleen Ashby and Roxene Roggasch.

No services are planned. Cremation is under the care of Peterson Funeral Chapel.