July 23, 1955 – Jan. 25, 2013
Ernest Alan Asay died Jan. 25, 2013, in Cody from complications of diabetes and sarcoidosis. He was known as Alan to his friends and family.
Alan was born to Ernest Banks and Elda Mae Asay in Powell on July 23, 1955, he arrived just in time for lunch and his grandpa said he was never late for a meal since. He grew up in Billings and graduated from high school in 1973, much to the relief of faculty and staff.
His biggest accomplishment was to find, pursue and marry the only girl he ever really saw, Kim Walling. They were married June 21, 1974. To this union was born a son Eric Alan Asay, in 1978. Alan and Kim began their lives together in Billings. They lived briefly in Blackfoot, Idaho, before moving in 1977 to Bozeman, Alan worked for Sweetheart Bread. He was transferred to Cody in August of 1979 and resided there until 1991, when they moved to Powell. After a leg injury kept Alan from working for Sweetheart, he drove a school bus in Powell for 10 years. He retired due to complication of diabetes in 2004.
Alan enjoyed service to others. He was a lifetime member of the Optimist Club, spent many years with the Powell Lions Club and was an avid volunteer with the American Red Cross. Alan was a lifelong Boy Scout. He received the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America in 1992, the highest award for a volunteer. Alan was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all his life.
Alan was a big teddy bear of a man, who could give you a grizzly bear of a hug or hold a newborn tenderly in his hand. He was jolly and sometimes overly loud with his zest for life, but always cared for his family.
Ernest Alan Asay is survived by his wife Kim of Powell, his son Eric and daughter-in-law Lisa and his two beautiful granddaughters, Nevi and Asia, of Cody. Also his mother, Elda Mae Jensen, and her husband Gary of Cody, sister Tammy Kae (Jeff) of Billings, brother Todd (Nedra) of Oregon, brother Mitch of Cody, and Jack Wolff of Powell, along with parent-in-laws, Randy and Jean Walling, of Wichita Falls, Texas, formerly of Powell, sisters-in-law Freda (Jeff) Miller of Powell, Tammy Walling of Bozeman and Randi (Mike) Slaughter of Casper, brothers-in-law, Dick (Colleen) Walling of Florida, Sam Walling and Tony (Star) Walling of Texas and many nieces, nephews and foster children. He was preceded in death by his father, an infant sister, Mary Christine Asay, and a nephew, Mike Miller.
Funeral services for Alan were Jan. 29 at the Cody Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center with burial at the Deaver Cemetery in Deaver. Arrangements were under the direction of Ballard Funeral Home.