Eugene C. "Gene" Asher, 79, of Bloomington died Friday morning at home with his family present.
Born July 27, 1927 in Plainville, he was the son of John and Rachel (Johnson) Asher.
He retired from the Indianapolis Fire Department with the rank of captain in l989 after 37 years of service. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Bloomington and the Burton Woolery Post 18 of the American Legion. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran of World War II where he served in the Second Division, 16th Pioneer Battalion in Saipan, Japan.
A lifelong Republican, he never missed an election and encouraged all his children, family and friends to vote. He was an avid runner in his younger days and competed in several local marathons and ran the Indy 500 Mini-marathon twice. In later years he excelled at bowling at Classic Lanes.
As a young man, he researched the history of various church bodies and chose to attend the Lutheran Church with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Diana G. (Trampke) Asher, Bloomington, son Rev. Joseph G. Asher, Fort Wayne; daughters Eugenia (Elza) Marvin, Bloomington, Kathryn (Alan) Koftzendorf McAllen, TX, Christina (Alvin) Royer, Trafalgar, IN and Elizabeth Asher, McAllen, TX; two sisters, Hazel Perkins and Beatrice (William) Ward, both of Indianapolis; five grandchildren; Sarah and John Asher of Syracuse, Nick and Jennah Kortzendorf and Matthew Asher Chavez, all of McAllen, TX.
Funeral service will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church with the Rev. Lawrence Mitchell officiating. Burial will be at Valhalla Memory Gardens.
Friends may call at Allen Funeral Home in Bloomington on today from 4-7 p.m. and one hour at the church preceeding the service Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Faith Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home.