James W. Asher, M.D. 89.

Monday, May 21, 2007

James W. Asher, M.D. 89, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, May 14 at Delmar Garden Nursing Center in Chesterfield, MO. He was the loving husband of Anamae Asher (nee Sinclair); dear father of Jane Weckl (Richard) of Chesterfield, MO and the late Bob Asher; grandfather of Angela D. Sandler (Andy); dear brother-in-law, cousin and a friend to many. He was the son of the late Ernest and Mable (nee Newton) Asher. Dr. Asher was a life long resident of New Augusta, IN until Oct. of 2006, when he and his wife moved to Chesterfield, MO to be close to their family. He graduated from New Augusta High School (Pike Township) and did his undergraduate work at Purdue and received his B.S. degree from Indiana University and his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1942. He loved his medical practice and worked side by side with his father Ernest Asher, M.D. for over 20 years, they were known throughout the community as “Old Doc” and “Dr. Jim”. After 53 years of practicing medicine he retired in Dec. 1997. Not one to sit still for long, he continued to work in medicine by volunteering at a number of Indianapolis Clinics for the homeless, through the group Volunteers in Medicine. He was still enjoying his volunteer work until October 2006 when illness curtailed his involvement. Dr. Asher was a Diplomat and Charter member of the American Academy of Family Practice, the American Medical Assn., the Indiana Medical Society, AOA of Indiana University, an honorary medical society and Alpha Epsilon Phi at Purdue University. Dr. Asher was a wonderful family man. He and his wife, Anamae, were married 64 years and she worked in the office with him for 36 years. Their son Bob died in 1972 from injuries sustained in an accident. He was an active participant of the interests of both of his children and gave many hours of service and loving support to the local 4-H clubs, Little League, Boy and Girl Scout troops and the Indiana Angus Assn. He made many trips to St. Louis to visit his family and his granddaughter Angela held a special place in his heart. He always had a close relationship with his daughter and her husband and they spent many recent days watching the birds and turtles at the nursing center together. Dr. Asher was a true outdoorsman and loved to fish. He was an avid fly fisherman and enjoyed fishing trips with a number of friends. He also enjoyed tying his own flies and taught the basics of fly tying to many small groups and was a charter member of the Indianapolis Flycasters Assoc. He was a firm believer in “Catch and Release” program and made yearly trips to Alaska and Michigan to fish. Another favorite activity was gardening. He always planted a huge garden and then shared his produce with many family, friends and patients. He took great delight in sharing his garden space with many friends and family members as he felt that it provided not only fresh vegetables but a wonderful form of relaxation therapy and exercise. He had planted a small tomato and lettuce patch at the nursing center and was enjoying watching this year’s garden take shape. Dr. Asher had a Christmas tree farm located in Brown County, IN where he raised trees for sale as well as donated many large trees to area churches and nursing homes. He also donated many trees to area Boy and Girl Scout troops for their use in fund raising activities. Dr. Asher was a true friend. Once he made a friend, that person was a forever friend. He was a quiet, well liked, hard working man who made this world a better place to be. Donations may be made to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208-4716, (317) 334-3322. He will be interred at Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery on Moore Rd., Indianapolis, IN later in the summer.

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About Ross Reller

I am pleased you have expressed interest in learning more about the historic Traders Point area in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1980 to 1982 I was employed in the PR department at Conner Prairie Museum in Hamilton County. There I learned about William Conner, an important figure in Indiana's pioneer days. A decade later I became interested in the history of the Traders Point area and was surprised to learn that William Conner had been the first land owner in the area. In 1823 he acquired, through the Federal land office in Brookville, a patent for an 80 acre tract carved by Eagle Creek and an Indian trail that was about to be named the first toll roadway through the township (Lafayette Road). Thirty years later a village took shape within this tract. A grain mill on the creek, houses, churches, stores, restaurants, and two gas stations would take shape here in the creek valley hamlet of Traders Point. By 1962 all improvements (except a farmer's co-op) had been removed by the Indianapolis Flood Control Board to make way for Interstate 65 and a new reservoir. This blog is dedicated to preserving evidence of this historic area but I will occasionally use it to discuss related topics. To activate this follow, simply click the confirm button below. If you don't want to follow, ignore this message and we'll never bother you again. I am also a member of the Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery, a non profit association still selling burial plots for those who would like to spend all eternity in Traders Point, and I am an officer in the Pike Township Historical Society and the Traders Point Association of Neighborhoods.
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