Ralph C. "Bud" Asay Born April 10th, 1921 at Childrens Hospital in S.F., and died January 26th, 2007 at home, at age 85. He was predeceased by his parents Ralph and Clarice Asay, brother Larry, sister Marie, and beloved daughter Carol Eve (Alain) Asay-Rech (October 12th, 2006). He was the loving and devoted husband of Kathryn for 64 years. Children: Ralph, Jr. of Novato and Don (Karen) of Petaluma; grandchildren: Dean (Nancy) and Kristen Rech of Salem, Oregon, and Abe and Eli Asay of Petaluma; great grandchildren: Christopher, Matthew, Emily, and Joshua Rech of Salem, Oregon. He attended St. Anselm's Grammar School and belonged to Boy Scout Pack #5 at the Legion Log Cabin in San Anselmo. He led a group of Cub Scouts across the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937 on opening day, strung out and tied together by a long rope. He attended Tam High in the late '30s when he joined the Civilian Conservation Corp and was stationed at Camp Northwestern at Willits, CA. He then went to work for PG&E and did not retire until 42-1/2 years later. He was glad to go to work every day because each day was different and there were always problems to be solved; and, also, he had a great feeling and respect for his fellow "working men", as he called them. Even after retiring, he often met them for lunch and inquired about them all and was kept informed about them by his son Don who also works for PG&E and was often told they inquired about him. He was a loyal member of IBEW #1245 all his working life. During this time, he was a member of the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve, San Rafael "C" Co. 12 Inf. Bn. He was a long time member of Fairfax-Sleepy Hollow Little League -- first as a coach and then as an equipment manager. Since 1971, he and Kathryn owned a Travel Trailer which grew bigger every few years as they went farther afield -- all of U.S., Canada, Alaska, and parts of Mexico. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Rita's Church on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. at Fairfax on Friday, March 23rd at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at 750 Lindaro Street, San Rafael, CA, 94901, 415-454-8464, or a charity of your choice.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Mar. 14, 2007.