Alvin B. "Bear" Ash

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Alvin B. "Bear" Ash, 72 of Panama passed away at 9:38 AM on Friday, January 13, 2017 with his wife by his side at HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

He was born on January 23, 1944 at Edwardsville the son of Arthur "Sonny" and Leota (Compton) Ash. Alvin was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Irvin D. Ash.

Alvin was the owner and operator of B & C Concrete in Panama. He was an avid bow hunter and enjoyed motorcycle racing and drag boat racing. He participated in several different bass tournaments. He was proud to be a part of the Panama community and had been a village trustee in the past.

He is survived by: His wife, Tina M. (Vunetich) Ash of Panama, IL; Children, Rob and Kyle Benson of Panama, IL and Mindy (Ryan) Tiek of Germantown, IL; Grandchildren, Ethan, Myron, Kydin and Emma; His two brothers, Larry Ash of Bartonville, IL and Val Ash of Rosewood Heights, IL; Further survivors include, Barry Ray (Sheri), Sherrie, Terri, Debbie and Kim of the Wood River and Bethalto area with several grandchildren.

At Alvin's request, cremation rites have been accorded and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Condolences to his family may be left at

Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama is in charge of arrangements.

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