Richard W. Asbury Bettendorf Died on Saturday, October 12th, 2013
4-6:00 PM Thursday, October 17th, 2013 Weerts Funeral Home
10:30 AM Friday, October 18th, 2013 Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 121 W. 12th St., Davenport
Celebration of life services for Richard W. Asbury, 93, of Bettendorf will be 10:30a.m. Friday October 18, 2013 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 121 W. 12th Street Davenport. Visitation is Thursday evening from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. Burial will be at the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal, with military honors presented by American Legion Post #26, Davenport. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Vera French Community Mental Health Center.
Col. Asbury passed away peacefully on Saturday October 12th at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf. He was born in 1920, in Prince Frederick, Maryland, the son of Sidney Woodward and Sarah Ila Asbury. He married Merle Gregg on September 1, 1944. She preceded him in death on November 11, 2003.
Dick grew up on a tobacco farm on the banks of the Patuxent River where he developed a lifelong love of fishing, crabbing and being on the water. He entered the Army Air Corps in World War II and became a P-51 fighter pilot. Dick was one of the last remaining WWII fighter aces. He continued his career in the USAF, serving in Korea and Viet Nam. After retiring in 1972, as a Lt. Colonel, Dick settled in Bettendorf and worked as a realtor. He established a local chapter of the Air Force Association and was a member of the Bettendorf Lions Club and the Aviation Liar's Club. He was an avid baseball fan, following the St. Louis Cardinals and the Baltimore Orioles.
Dick loved his family and was especially proud of his three grandsons.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law Jill Asbury and Craig Bahr, of Bettendorf; three grandchildren: Michael (Leea) Bahr, Steven Bahr and John Bahr.
In addition to his wife, he was also preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.
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