Former publisher served in Vietnam

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Former co-publisher of the Ferdinand News and Spen­cer County Leader, Paul Michael Ash, 63, of Ferdinand, died Thurs­day, March 28, 2013, at his home.

He was born May 16, 1949, in Chicago to Robert Sr. and Mary Jane (Grosvenor) Ash.

He married the former Miriam Tretter on June 16, 1978, in Marengo Cave.

A Vietnam War veteran, he retired in 2010 as co-publisher and co-owner of DSC Publishing Co. Inc., publishers of the Ferdinand News and Spencer County Leader.

Also an accomplished singer-songwriter, he was awarded an Indiana Arts Commission Grant to write songs focused on Indiana history.

His memberships in­­cluded the Indiana Karst Conservancy, Ferdinand VFW Post 11365, Ferdinand American Legion Post 124, and was a National Speleological Society member for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Miriam Ash of Ferdinand; one daughter, Carla Striegel-Winner and her husband, Jamie Winner of Ferdinand; his mother, Mary Jane Wigand of Paoli; two brothers, Robert Ash Jr. of Elma, Wash., and Chris Wigand of Paoli.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Ash Sr., his stepfather, Oscar Wigand and by one brother, Donald Ash.

– Ferdinand News/Spencer County Leader