Charles Leroy "Chuck" Asplin Sr., 65, of Kingman passed away on Dec. 4, 2013 in Kingman.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at Lee Williams High School auditorium, 400 Grandview Ave. Chaplain Dennis Colvig will be officiating. A celebration of life potluck will follow in the cafeteria.
Dad was born in Sullivan, Mo. to Charles and Dorothy Asplin on Aug. 1, 1948. In 1966, Dad graduated from Los Altos High School in California. In 1967, Dad enlisted in the U.S. Army. During his time in the Army, he received several medals, including at least three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. After fighting in the Vietnam War, he was honorably discharged to start his civilian life with his two boys, Leroy and Danny, in California. In Oct. of 1972, he married his loving late wife Bobbie, who had two daughters, Debbie and Terri. In 1975, Mom and Dad had Shelley together. In 1977, the family moved to Sullivan, Mo. In 1978, he moved the family from Missouri to Kingman, where he was hired by the Kingman Fire Department and was nicknamed "Grape Ape."
In 1978, he started volunteering with Kingman Little League. Over the years, many players have looked at him as a father figure. He was known for his famous squeeze play sign and raspy voice. He acquired many friends through the years from being involved in Little League, Kingman Fire Department, K-mart, VFW and basically everywhere he went, he was known and loved by all.
During his life, he worked many types of jobs, including delivery, pest control, park services, fire services, driver, salesman, loss prevention and Santa Claus. Dad was known for his great stories, enjoying his family, hunting, fishing, playing pool, darts and so much more. Dad had a big heart; he was a very loving and caring man. Anyone who was in need could count on him.
Dad is survived by his father, Charles Frank Asplin of Sullivan; brothers, Roger (Brenda) and Wayne (Terry) of Kingman; sister, Renee of Sullivan; children, Leroy, Danny (Heidi) of Kingman, Shelley of Henderson, Debbie (Robert) of Phoenix and Terri (Mitch) of Colorado Springs, Co.; grandchildren, Brittney, Dayne, Allison, Preston, Rebecca, Zachary, Chase, Cameron, Alexandra, Terrence, Xia and Dani Kay; great-grandson, Thaddeus; nephews, Roger (Kelly), Brian (Nicole), Steven (Crissy), and Ryan (Alora); and niece, Veronica.
Dad was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Asplin, and mother, Dorothy Asplin.
Our family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all who have supported us during this time of loss.
Dad, may you take our love with you to share with Mom and Grandma. We thank you for being a father who showed us so much love. We love you and miss you. Until we meet again in Heaven, you are forever in our hearts.