(Dec. 30, 2008)
Jerome Charles (Jerry) Asay, 73, of Powell, took his last ride Tuesday, Dec. 30 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family. His spirit could not be broken, but he could not physically conquer the cancer that had invaded his body. He will be missed so much.
Jerry was born Aug. 24, 1935 in Lovell, the son of John Hatch Asay and Evelyn O'Donnell Asay. He attended schools in Lovell and graduated from Lovell High School. He joined the Army after high school and was stationed in Germany. Later he became a master electrician, a big game outfitter and a rancher, but his true loves were always his family, his horses and the high country. Jerry never met a stranger, and he always enlightened the crowd with his sense of humor. He never went anywhere that he didn’t make a friend before he left. Jerry loved his family so much and was very proud to introduce them to everyone he came in contact with.
His passion in life was the mountains. He loved going to the family cabin in the Big Horns and always loved to ride his horse and spend time with his children and his grandchildren.
Jerry is survived by a brother, Ken (Shirley) Asay of Pavillion; sisters, Betty Asay of Powell and Carole Anne (Chuck) Myers of Dubois; nine children, Jerry Allen (Chris Bakke) Asay of Worland, Connie (Alvin) Harimon of Bayard Neb., Lori (Mike) Bogen of Sheridan, Ore., Carrie (Tom Schutt) Asay of Bayard, Neb., Mike (Kim) Asay of Powell, Kathy (Steve) Shaffer of Ralston, Karen Morgan of Powell, Kristi (Nathan) Harder of Houston, Texas and Monte (Joni) Asay of Pine Bluffs. He is also survived by 30 grandchildren: Clint, Stacy, Michael, Amanda (Joe), Erin (Travis), Jaimi (Jared), Anna (Sean), James (Hayley), Kirsten, Klayten, Kanin, Kaleb, Cory (Danielle), Curtis (Melanie), Jennifer, Joe (Jonie), Ashley, Jeremy, Ryan (Jordan), Paul (Heather), Seth,Tyler, Justin, Jacob, Amanda (Jared), Eric (Meghan), Nicholas and Austin. He also left behind 18 great-grandchildren: Ethan, Kaylinn, Aiden, Traeton, Owyn, Rayden, Brooke, Braxton, Colby, Brooklynn, Lauren, Hailee, Natalie, Dominick, Nathan, Brayden, Conner, Makayla and Jackson.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Evelyn; brothers, Jack, Tom and Ron; sisters, Margaret and Evelyn; a daughter, Kim; a son, Mark and a grandson, Jason.
Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at Saint Barbara's Catholic Church in Powell. Interment followed at the Lovell Cemetery.