Jerry R. Asker died peacefully at home on the 10th day of June, 2017, in Grangeville, Idaho. He has now rejoined the love of his life, Mildred (Milly) Keith Asker, who preceded him in 2015. Jerry was born April 14th, 1931, near Stites, Idaho, the son of longtime Grangeville residents, John and Zelda Asker. He was preceded in death by his parents, and older brother, John Asker Jr. His younger brother Bill currently resides in Grangeville with wife Bonnie.
Jerry attended the University of Idaho, but returned to live in Grangeville, working as manager and then owner of Asker's Thrift Store (now Asker's Harvest Foods). Jerry and Milly were married on June 17, 1951, and they honeymooned at the family's Red River ranch. They had three children: daughter, Kerry Yuasa (Paul), son, Kevin Asker (Nancy), and daughter, Karyl Masters (Dan). The grandchildren he shared with Milly were the light of his life, and they are: Alicia Asker, Justin Asker, Ryan Asker (Michelle), Eric Brantner (Kelli), McKenzie Yuasa and Megan Yuasa. Ryan & Michelle gave them treasured great grandchildren: Kira, Heidi, Calissa and Isabelle.
Jerry was active in the Grangeville Jaycees, the Elks Lodge, Grangeville Border Days activities, Boy Scouts of America (serving as scoutmaster for many years), KUID Public TV, the Thrift Quality Foods Board of Directors (past president), the United Retail Merchants Inc. Board of Directors (past president), and the Grangeville United Methodist Church (especially the annual Border Days strawberry shortcake booth). He was an avid snow skier with Milly and their kids, also spending weekends camping, backpacking, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding and enjoying the wonderful Idaho outdoors. Jerry and
Milly spent their senior years gardening and traveling on cruises and excursions to Europe, Africa and Cancun, Mexico.
According to his wishes, cremation has taken place and his ashes will join Milly's at a favorite spot near the Red River ranch. A Celebration of Life gathering is being planned for this summer. The family wishes to express profound gratitude to Syringa Hospital Hospice, Dr. Hollopeter and Dr. Griffis for their professional and always loving services, to the caregivers who worked so tirelessly in our father's home, and to Pastor Harold Gott, who never failed to lift Dad's spirits with his visits. There are just too many other dear friends to name.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Syringa Hospital Hospice at 607 W. Main St. in Grangeville. Arrangements are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.
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