Oct. 2, 1927 — Aug. 25, 2013

Jack Asher, 85, of Lebanon died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday morning, Aug. 25.

Jack was born in South Bend, Ind., to Jesse and Jessie (Armstrong) Asher. When he was 3 years old, his family moved to Toledo for a brief period of time before moving to the East Coast during the Great Depression. His family resided in several cities such as Detroit, Chicago and New York City.

When Jack was 16, he lied about his age and joined the Navy to fight in World War II, serving as a mechanic aboard the USS Miami in the Pacific. He was also the ship’s boxing champion. He was honorably discharged at the end of the war.

After the war, he moved back to Chicago, Ill., and later moved to Rainier to work in a steel mill in Longview, Wash. He met the love of his life, his future wife, June Coffman, in Rainier.

Jack and June lived in Rainier until 1969 and then moved to Lebanon. Jack was employed by a steel fabricating company in Albany and later worked for the Albany Paper Mill.

Jack was a master mechanic and millwright and loved to stay busy by either farming, fishing, hunting or building projects. He was also an accomplished artist and draftsman. In his younger days, he was a boxing champion in his local gym.

He loved to take his family on camping trips to the mountains and on trips to the beach. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his sister, Marie French of Miami, Fla.; daughters Jacqueline Asher of Lebanon and Janine Mayer of Albany; and grandchildren Joshua and John Asher of Lebanon, and Jesse and Hannah Mayer of Albany.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Grace Bible Fellowship in Tangent.

Huston-Jost Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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