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R. KLINE ASHTON SR of Palmer Township, PA died January 25, 2017 at the age of 84. He was a fourth generation funeral director and owner of the Ashton Funeral Home in Easton for more than 60 years. He graduated from Lafayette College in 1954 with a degree in mortuary science and was a founding member of the Northampton County Community College Funeral Service program and advisory board. He was past president of the Eastern Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, where he was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award. A member of the National Funeral Directors Association, he served as a district governor of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and was a state chair for the International Order of the Golden Rule.