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Lawrence J. Ascher

Lawrence John Ascher, 94, of St. Anne, died on Friday, June 21, 2019 at his home. 

He was born on Feb. 3, 1925 in Seward, to Tabb and Helen (Kaltenbach) Ascher.  

He married Phyllis Leona (Kilker) Ascher on Aug. 7, 1948.

Lawrence was a farmer, was employed by Union Dairy, Freeport, and a DX gas salesman. 

He was also custodian and bus driver for Forreston High School, owner operator of Ascher’s Grocery, Forreston, and worked in the maintenance department at Freeport Memorial Hospital.

Lawrence liked to fish, garden, and work in his yard. He was a good carpenter. He loved to help on the farm at harvest time. 

He was a long-time member of North Grove Evangelical Church in Forreston, where he served as a Sunday School teacher, deacon, elder, treasurer, and cemetery board member. 

It was at North Grove where he gave his life to Christ more than 50 years ago. 

Since moving to the Kankakee area, he was a faithful and loved member of Grace Baptist Church.

He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Albina (Bravata) Ascher, of Calhoun, Georgia, and Dwight and Delinda (Ellinor) Ascher, of St. Anne; grandchildren, Angela (Rob) Howell, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Tabb and (Jennifer) Ascher, of Bourbonnais, Thomas and (Nicole) Ascher, of Kankakee, Timothy and (Allison) Ascher, of St. Anne; and great-grandchildren, Ashlyn and Ryan Howell, Logan, Peyton, Jackson, Johnny, Easton, Camden, and Ellinor Ascher.

Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one brother and sister-in-law, Leroy and Dorothy Ascher; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Dorothy Ascher, Orletta and Jennings Borgmann.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schreffler Funeral Home, Kankakee Chapel, and on Friday, June 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home, Forreston.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 29 at 10 a.m. at North Grove Evangelical Church, Forreston. Rev. Dwight Ascher (his son) will officiate.  

Burial will be at North Grove Cemetery, Forreston. Memorials may be made to Grace Christian Academy or North Grove Cemetery in Forreston.

Please sign his online guestbook at

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