Jack O'Hair Asher of Paris died Friday, July 9, 2010 in Los Angeles, Calif., while he and his wife were visiting with their son, Bill Asher, and his family. He was 80.
Jack was born in Paris on May 21, 1930 to Ruth and John "Buck" Asher, who preceded him in death. He went to Paris schools and graduated from the University of Illinois.
Jack and his wife, Jane, graduated in 1957 from Tulane Law School in New Orleans, where he was on Law Review. From 1957 to 1967, they practiced law in Alaska before moving back to Paris. Upon returning to Paris, Jack joined the law firm of Dillavou, Overaker and Schwartz, now known as Asher, Smith and Isaf. Jack practiced law until his death and served on the Board of Directors of the Edgar County Bank and Trust Co. from 1997 to present. Jack was particularly proud of his lifelong work in the area of attorney ethics, both in Alaska and Illinois.
His first job after law school was as the Assistant Attorney General for the Territory of Alaska which he held from 1957 to 1959. During that time, he also chaired the Statehood Transitional Committee. In 1959, he became the First Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alaska. Jack next become the District Attorney for the 1st Judicial District, State of Alaska in 1960 and held that position until returning to Paris in 1967.
While in Alaska, Jack also served as Vice President of the Juneau Bar Association from 1960 to 1963 and President from 1964 to 1965. He was on a three member committee which created the first Alaska State election in 1960, which was accomplished without error.
Jack is survived by his wife of almost 53 years, Jane Fitzgerald Asher, his daughter Duffey and her husband Makis Spyropoulos of Athens, Greece, and his son Bill and his wife Julia Asher and their one-year-old daughter Jette Jane of Los Angeles, Calif.
Jack was full of wit, intelligence and colorful reminiscences and was proud of his Irish heritage, his family said.
The family strongly requests the omission of flowers. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Edgar County Fair Board, Edgar Cemetery Association, or to the Edgar County Humane Association.
Services celebrating his life will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 17, 2010 at Templeton Funeral Home in Paris. Burial will follow in Edgar Cemetery, with military graveside rites by American Legion Post #211 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3601. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the family present from 6 to 7:30 p.m.