Aug. 24, 1935 - Dec. 30, 2008
POWELL, Wyo. - Jerome Charles Asay "Jerry," 73, of Powell, took his last ride Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, after a long, courageous battle with cancer, 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, Big Game Outfitter and Rancher, but his first love was always his family, his horses and the high country. Jerry never met a stranger, and always enlightened the crowd with his sense of humor. He never went any place 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 one brother, Ken (Shirley) Asay of Pavillion, WY; two 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, Mike (Kim) Asay of Powell, Kathy (Steve) Shaffer of Ralston, Karen Morgan of Powell, Kristi (Nathan) Harder of Houston, Monte (Joni) Asay of Pinebluffs; 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, Austin; and 18 great-grandchildren, Ethan, Kaylinn, Aiden, Traeton, Owyn, Rayden, Brooke, Braxton, Colby, Brooklynn, Lauren, Hailee, Natalie, Dominick, Nathan, Brayden, Conner, Makayla, Jackson.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Evelyn; brothers, Jack, Tom and Ron; sisters, Margaret and Evelyn; daughter, Kim; son Mark and grandson Jason.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 5, at Saint Barbara's Catholic Church, 115 E. Third, Powell. Interment was in the Lovell Cemetery.