Doris and Mike Ashman

Tri-City HeraldJune 1, 2014 

Doris and Mike Ashman celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Feb. 5 at The Manor at Canyon Lakes in Kennewick.

They were married on Feb. 5, 1944. They moved to Washington from Hawaii 11 years ago.

Mike is a veteran of both World War II and the Vietnam War, serving as a Navy radioman 2/c and deck officer graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy.

While Mike served in World War II, Doris joined the "Rosie the Riveters" crew at Henry Kaiser's Marinship, near San Francisco, where Liberty and Victory ships were built for the war effort.

Doris later became a secretary with Touche, Ross, Bailey and Smart and served as a substitute teacher for the State Department of Education in Hawaii.

Mike was a disc jockey and studied piano, voice and orchestration at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 1940, he joined the Territory of Hawaii's fourth broadcast station, KTOH, later becoming station manager. His years in broadcast radio also included time as a nightly news commentator on Hawaii's all-island network, sponsored by the nine pineapple companies of Hawaii. This led to work with Dole/Castle & Cooke. In 1963, he was sent to Mindanao Island in the Philippines to an established plantation and cannery.

They spent nine years in Micronesia, where Doris was administrative assistant to the directors of education and public works. Mike served as the government's director of public information and director of tourism. This was followed by a temporary return to the U.S. mainland, where Mike served as vice president of administration and finance for the Pacific Asia Travel Association and then vice president of administration and marketing for Royal Hawaiian Cruises. Doris became a staff member of the Industry Education Council of California.

At age 65, they both began new careers. Doris joined MacUser computer magazine as assistant to the national director of advertising and marketing, and Mike became a tour escort for American Express, AARP Cruises and other travel wholesalers.

They both enjoy travel. Doris enjoys painting while Mike has published both music and books.

They have three children: Lynne Hartz of Prosser, Michael Ashman of Kula, Maui and Bill Ashman of San Jose, Calif.

They have one granddaughter and seven grandsons, who all live on the mainland of Hawaii with their eight great-granddaughters.

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