William Joseph Asher St. Johns William Joseph Asher died Thursday, December 27, 2012 at the age of 85. He was born April 5, 1927 in Pontiac, MI the son of Walter and Vera (Weber) Asher. Bill was a very active member at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Johns and was active in St. Vincent DePaul Society. He served in the Navy during WWII and enjoyed golfing, hunting, being outside working in the yard and woodworking. Bill was a tool and die maker at Federal Mogul, retiring in 1986 with 38 years of service. On July 14, 1951 he married Yvonne Witgen and she survives him. Also surviving are his children Kathy (Don) Randolph, Judy (Mark) Cornell and Maureen (Eric) Silm all of St. Johns, Karen (Tom) Mizer of Franklin, GA, David (Azra) Asher of Ellicott, MD; twelve grandchildren, Jennifer (Cameron) Ford, Erin (Gary) Pupurs, Shelly (Jeff) Neifert, Kelly (Irl) Lutz, Emily (Chris) Hyzer, Liz Randolph, Heather (Justin) Eldridge, Jason Randolph and fiancée Emilie Pline, Mark Cornell, Greg Silm, Mikayla Silm and Michael Asher; ten great grandchildren; brothers, Jim, Patrick and Michael Asher; sisters, Evelyn Kennedy, Mary Stoner, Ellen Soblesky and Carol Asher. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Margaret Bieri and grandson Eric Mizer. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 AM Saturday, December 29, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church 109 Linden, St. Johns with Rev. Fr. Michael Williams as Celebrant. Rite of Committal will follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery with military honors provided by the St. Johns Honor Guard. The family will receive relatives and friends 2-8 PM with a Vigil Service at 7:00 PM Friday, December 28 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Clinton County P.O. Box 260 St. Johns, MI 48879 or St. Vincent DePaul Society 1009 S. US 127 Ste. A St. Johns, MI 48879.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Dec. 28, 2012