L.C. passed away peacefully at home September 27, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in East Prairie MO November 7, 1928. His family came west when he was a young child. He lived his early years in Seneca and Burns OR. As a young man he lived in Willow AK and worked for the Alaska Railroad. He moved back to Burns OR where he worked in the timber industry. He moved to Brookings OR in 1960 where he met Cathy. They were married Christmas 1961.
L.C. was self-employed most of his life. They moved to Redding CA in 1968 and owned several businesses including a bar, car sales and houseboat rentals on Shasta Lake. He semi-retired in 1973 and enjoyed working with real estate and investments. He was a true entrepreneur and never backed away from a challenge. He had lots of stories that he liked to share. He always had time to chat with friends and share his experience with them. He had one good friend who always said, when he was asking L.C. for advice, "LC might not know what to do, but he sure knows what not to do!"
L.C. was a 62-year member of the Elks Lodge and a life member of Brookings Lodge #1934. He originally joined Burns OR and transferred to Brookings in 1960. L.C. was also a member of Anderson Moose Lodge #509. He originally joined the Redding Moose Lodge in 1983.
He always told the story, "when I turned 80 I took up a new career, karaoke!" He loved the old-time western music and had quite a repertoire of songs and was known for his dancing while singing. Cathy made many CDs of him singing and he enjoyed passing them out to friends, family and nurses at the hospital!
L.C. is survived by his loving wife Cathy (59 years Christmas Day), his daughter Christine Eder and husband David, son Kenneth Ashcraft and wife Terry, 5 grandchildren, Channon, Gaylene, Tath, Luke and Amanda, 7 great grandchildren, Cody, Lexie, Tanner, Grace, Paisley, Avery and Kiera. Also his sisters, Ella Mae Culp, Betty Jenkins and Patty Betts and brother Forrest Ashcraft and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
A graveside service was held at Redding Memorial Park October 5, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date for family and friends.
Goodbye my Love, Rest in Peace!