It is with great sadness the family of Richard Melvin Ashburn is sharing the news of his passing on September 5. Richard suffered a stroke in April and developed complications. He fought with all his strength, patience and dignity to overcome the medical issues.

Despite the pain, and regardless of his condition, he always had a smile for a caregiver, visitor or family members.

Richard was born in Scotia on October 28, 1936. He attended local schools and enjoyed the beauty of Humboldt.

Richard was a committed husband and father, spending countless hours with his family and friends, including hours at their summer place at Ruth Lake. He loved fishing from the pontoon boat – and hours on the water, which would including bass-catching contests and diving exhibitions. Richard was known for his love of sports, including the Giants and 49’s. Over the years he played on and coached, many local teams and leagues, including basketball, baseball, bowling, football, horseshoes, bocce (and pinocle).

His smile and gentle spirit will be dearly missed by his family and friends. His legacy is the example of his love, faithfulness, and commitment to his wife and family. Gwenda his wife, (daughter) Yvonne and Eric Fleet, (daughter) Rachele and Brent Gundlach, (granddaughter) Hannah and Collin McNamara.

A private memorial service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Richard’s honor to Hospice of Humboldt or the Fortuna Senior Center.


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