Norwood R. Ashley, 83, postal worker, train buff

February 25, 2005

Norwood R. Ashley, a retired postal worker and train buff, died of respiratory failure Feb. 17 at a hospital in Milford, Del. The former Forest Hill resident was 83.

Mr. Ashley was born in Southwest Baltimore and raised in Winchester, Va., where he graduated from high school. During World War II, he served in the Navy as a radioman and was assigned to the cruiser USS Vincennes when it was attacked and sunk by Japanese aircraft in 1942.

He began working as a mail carrier for the U.S. post office in 1949 and later became a parcel post truck driver. He retired in 1981.

A resident of Milford since 1992, Mr. Ashley enjoyed taking cross-country train trips. He also liked golfing and fishing.

He was a member of the Milford Church of God.

Services were held Tuesday.

Mr. Ashley is survived by his wife of 24 years, the former Mary Whiteford; two stepsons, Karl B. Locklear of Reisterstown and John P. Locklear of India; two stepdaughters, Julia A. Rainey of Sykesville and Rebecca E. Gibbons of Irvine, Calif.; two brothers, Richard L. Ashley and Ronald T. Ashley, both of Baltimore; two sisters, Gloria K. Horst of Winchester and Phyllis Schaeffer-Sisson of Baltimore; and six grandchildren. He was married for 30 years to the former Viola Rittersofa, who died in 1979.

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