Ernest Ashcraft

Jan. 19, 1937 - May 26, 2020

Bing Ashcraft died at his home in Twin Bridges May 26, 2020. He was born to Ernest and Fern Ashcraft on January 19, 1937, at Fort Peck, Montana. He graduated from high school in Twin Bridges and held the state class C javelin record for many years. He sang in the high school choir. His team won a tournament after their coach insisted they all drink a shot of whiskey before singing.

He married Jackie Hopper. They had two sons, Barry and Ron.

Bing was a Boy Scout leader and it didn't matter if there were no fish in that lake, the scouts were still going to hike up to it and go fishing.

Bing worked for the Bayers Ranch for 22 years. He showed cattle all over the west. Then he worked for George Swan, and finally for the Hamilton Ranch. He retired after he wore his knees out.

He loved to hunt, fish, drink and tell stories. That continued after his knees were worn out. He was an expert teller of many unprintable poems.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jackie; son, Ron; and siblings, Eleanore, Norman, Martha and Maida Lee.

He is survived by Barry; two grandchildren, Jenny and Kevin; six great-grandchildren; brother, Dwight (Sally) Ashcraft; and sister-in-law, Gay Ashcraft.

Cremation has taken place. There will be no services. There will be a celebration of life at a later date.

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