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ASCHER, Harry 1912-1983


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/22/2013 at 20:00:41

Services Held Monday For Harry Ascher

Harry H. Ascher passed away at 4:28 p.m. Friday, October 14, from an apparent heart attack.

Funeral services were held at the Colfax Center Presbyterian Church, rural Holland, on October 17 at 2 p.m. Pastor Arthur Ames officiated.

Mrs. Tom Simms sang "How Great Thou Art" and "Just As I Am." She was accompanied by Mrs. Larry Stahl, who also played selected numbers for the prelude and postlude.

The casket bearers were Doug Arends, Kevin Kuester, Jack Bienfang, Larry VanDeest, Gerald Hitchings and Ray Wilson.

Ushers were Herman Akkerman and John Seehusen. Mrs. Ray Wilson and Mrs. Dan Ritenburg were in charge of floral arrangements.

Interment was in Colfax Center cemetery. Relatives and friends were invited to return to the church following the committal services for a period of Christian fellowship and refreshment.

Mr. Ascher was born March 16, 1912 near Wellsburg in Shiloh township, Grundy County, the son of Henry H. and Hattie Maas Ascher. He attained the age of 71 years, six months and 28 days. He grew up on a farm near Wellsburg and later on a farm north of Morrison.

He began working for REC on February 17, 1940 and worked for two years before entering the U.S. Army on March 16, 1942. He received his discharge in late 1945 and in January of 1946 he began working again for the REC.

On February 22, 1946 at the Colfax Presbyterian Church, he was united in marriage to Ruth Harberts and they made their home in Grundy Center. He retired from the REC on July 1, 1974 after 34 years of service.

He joined the Colfax Center Presbyterian Church on April 21, 1946, and had served as trustee and deacon. He had also served as an usher for many years.

Mr. Ascher served on the Grundy Center City Council for 16 years, from January 1, 1966 to January 1, 1982.

He was also a member of the Grundy Center American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, August and John and two sisters, Hattie and Mildred.

Harry is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughter and son-in-law, Cinda and Mel Vogt, Grundy Center; two brothers, Henry Ascher of Parkersburg and Peter Ascher of Aplington; and two sisters, Mrs. Chris (Florence) Finke of Wellsburg and Mrs. Roy (Tena) Riekena of Spokane, WA.

A memorial fund has been established. The Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home, Grundy Center, was in charge of the arrangements.

--newspaper clipping, source unknown


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