Lionel Manlius Asher, age 89, passed away at the Crook County Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 29, 2016 after a lengthy illness. Lionel was born on January 15, 1927 in Gary, South Dakota to Russel L. Asher and Erma Clement Asher. He attended school in Deadwood and Edgemont, South Dakota graduating in 1945 from Edgemont High School as Valedictorian of his class. He participated in football and basketball while in high school. Upon graduation he entered the US Army, nearing the end of World War II, serving until November 1946.
Following his dad’s footsteps he became a Lineman and worked for Tri County Electric Association for many years, beginning his career in Moorcroft, Wyoming. He later transferred to Sundance and was a foreman for Tri County Electric. Whenever he took a trip in the car he noticed all of the electrical lines and transformers and recently enjoyed a drive with Peggy to reminisce about the times he was working on them. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association.
Lionel was married to Julia Radalyac in 1971 at the age of 44. Julie and Lionel were married 10 years until she passed away in 1981. He took early retirement from Tri County Electric shortly after her death. He later met Lila Dudrey through a mutual friend and thus became a companionship that lasted 35 years.
Though not much of a social person, Lionel was good to visit with on a one to one basis. He became a treasured member of Lila’s family, particularly becoming close to her daughter, Peggy Fraser, and her family. He considered Peggy to be his adopted daughter and they spent a lot of time together. He also enjoyed spending time with Andy and their sons, Nolan and Devin, and watching them grow from babies to adults. He proudly claimed his spot in saying, “I helped raise those boys,” and Nolan and Devin consider him their grandpa.
Lionel was a smart man who could fix anything! If you mentioned something wasn’t working he would have it torn apart in a flash to find the problem. He helped Lila and Peggy by fixing and building many things around the house over the years and building a sand box and a swing set when the boys were younger. He was especially kind to Lila’s daughter, Judy, and helped get her to and from Laramie for many years. This kindness was a side of Lionel people did not always see. We were grateful to have shared his life for so many years as he was a beloved member of our family and his passing will leave a void in our lives.
Lionel is survived by one brother, Bill (Kathy) Lincoln, CA; brother- in-law Richard Ball, Edgemont, SD; numerous nieces and nephews; his companion of 35 years, Lila Dudrey; Andy and Peggy Fraser, Moorcroft, WY, Nolan Fraser, Gillette, WY, and Devin Fraser of Dickinson, ND. He is preceded in death by his parents, Russel and Erma; three sisters: Erma, Phyllis, Bessie and a brother, Tom, his wife, Julia; and Lila’s daughter, Judy Dudrey.
Visitation will be from 5-6:30 PM on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel in Sundance. Graveside services will be at 10 AM on Wednesday, August 3, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. A memorial for Crook County Memorial Hospital will be established.
Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com