July 9, 1921 –Dec. 21, 2011
Merril Boice Asay died on Dec. 21, 2011. He was born in Lovell on July 9, 1921. He was the ninth child of Adelbert and Delila Boice Asay.
He attended Lovell public school and lettered in football. He learned the trade of plastering while working for his father as a hod-carrier. He furthered his education at the University of Wyoming, graduating in 1943 with a degree in vocational agriculture. He excelled in the wrestling program at the university.
He served in Troop-A 115th Horse Cavalry; one of the last horse cavalry units of the U.S. military. He was drafted in 1942 and was assigned to the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served in Kimbolten, England during World War II as an engineering operation specialist.
It was during his furlough in August 1945 that the past three years became worthwhile, and his fate was decided, because he met his wife, Delsa Harris, and they were married in December. He then served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Southern States Mission. Six months later, Delsa was called to the same area, and they ended their mission serving together.
Merril was educated as a teacher and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees. He worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development and taught vocational agriculture throughout the world. He worked in areas including Afghanistan, Brazil, Vietnam, Nepal, Cape Verde Islands, Tunisia, and The Gambia West Africa. He retired to his farm in Lovell in 1981. He filled his time farming, remodeling and building.
He was preceded in death by his parents, several siblings and his dear wife. He is survived by two siblings Cal Asay and Helen Shumway; his five children Loreen Asay, Jerry (Hope), Heber (Robyn), Garnet (Dave) Jolley, and Tom (Evie) and many loving family and extended family members.
A funeral service was held on Dec. 28 at the Lovell Stake Center. Interment was at the Lovell Cemetery.