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Raymond L Asher

Raymond L Asher

Raymond L. Asher age 94, formerly of Elmwood, passed away on Wednesday June 17, 2020 at Deerfield Gables in New Richmond.

Ray was born September 15, 1925 at home in Red Cedar, Wisconsin.  He was the son of Arthur and Anna (Sabelko) Asher and grew up in that area.  Ray moved with his family in March of 1942 to the Farm Hill area, rural Elmwood.  Ray married Bernadine “Bing” Hartung, the love of his life, May 3, 1949 in Menomonie.  They purchased the family dairy farm from Ray’s parents near Elmwood in an area called Farm Hill.  Together they farmed for nearly 40 years and raised five children.

Farming was Ray’s life, he spent 73 years living and farming at Farm Hill, expanding the farm from 80 acres to 400 acres.  Ray also helped Bing garden and maintain the beauty of the farm. 

Ray received an accordion from his parents at an early age and began a lifelong love of music.  Ray played in band with his brothers, playing for wedding dances, family “get togethers” and at nursing homes in the area.  Ray cherished spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Ray was an active member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood and a member of the Knights of Columbus. 

Ray is survived by his five children, Patricia (Steve) Werner, Ken (Rita) Asher, Julie (Jerry) Cognetta, Cheryl (Steve) Spicer, Bob (Karina) Asher; 17 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; a brother, Leonard (Lorraine) Asher of Menomonie,  sister-in-law, Clara (Alva) Leech of Hudson; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Bing in 2019, and two brothers, Edward and John.

Due to Covid 19 the family will have a private burial service at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery-Farm Hill, rural Elmwood.  A Funeral Mass will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be made at www.rhielfuneralhome.com

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Elmwood is serving the family.


  1. Mona & Gary Thorson

    Our sympathy to the Asher Family. Ray was such a sweet man. I know he will be missed. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Barbara (Grant) Reid

    Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Ray and Bing were cornerstones of the Farm Hill community.

  3. Zita Schultz

    So sorry to hear of the passing of a dear neighbor from Farm Hill. I have been gone from the area for many years but cherish the memories of growing up in such a special place with so many caring people. May God bless all of you and know that your parents are now together again.

  4. John & Jodell Marson

    Our deepest sympathy to the Asher family

  5. Jill (Baier) Bennwitz

    Pat (Steve), Ken (Rita), Julie (Jerry), Cheryl (Steve), Bob (Karina) and entire Asher Family.....Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time of loss, of Ray, such a kind & caring man. Mom (Marlene Sabelko) and I enjoyed many special visits to see your Dad & Mom these past few years at Comforts of Home in Menomonie and at Deerfield Gables in New Richmond. We will truly miss those adventures! So fun to hear your parents share past stories and good memories of Farm Hill days that I’ll hold in my heart forever.❤️ A life well-lived, but Ray will truly be missed!
    Hugs and Sympathy to All! Jill & Tom Bennwitz and Marlene Sabelko

  6. Pam Reitz

    So sorry for your loss. He was such a great guy. I have wonderful memories of him. And your mom. The neighborhood hasnt been the same since they left.

  7. Kelly Woodford

    I remember Ray playing the accordion many times,very gifted. He lived a long full life and raised a beautiful family. Sympathy for the family. Kelly Woodford

  8. Jayne & Jerry Holt

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Lynn Amundsen

    Our hearts and minds are with you dear friends.
    -Lynn, Chris and Marge

  10. John Baier

    Our deepest sympathy to the Asher family. Heaven gained another great guy. RIP Ray❤

    John Baier

  11. Gary and Rosey

    May God's love and the peace of Christ surround Ray and Bing's family. RIP Ray. With sincere sympathy.
    Gary and Rosey

  12. kathi jensen

    One of my favorite customers, RIP Ray

  13. julie richardson

    Heaven gained a good one. Ray was one of the kindest gentle souls. Always a hug or kiss whenever we would meet. Great childhood memories with the Asher family. The Baiers and Ashers often went on vacation together. Ray will be missed. Condolences to the family. RIP Julie(Baier)Richardson

  14. Diane Whitson

    Sending thoughts and prayers to the Asher family. Ray was a very sweet, kind man.
    Love, Cliff and Diane

  15. Rose Brunner

    Another wonderful Farmhill native has gone to heaven. I have such fond memories and respect for the people that made an impact on my childhood. You are all very fortunate, as am I, to have had such a great upbringing. Thinking of your family and sending prayers your way.

  16. Beth Hartung

    Thinking of you all during this sad time. May the memories make your days and nights lighter. Uncle Ray will be missed as much as he was loved. Hugs.

  17. Joe and Jan Drier

    Sending our Sympathy to the Asher Family!

  18. Suzi Crownhart

    My sympathy to the Asher Family. Ray was such a pleasant man. May he rest peacefully with Bing now. ❤️

  19. thomas biles

    Sorry to here about Ray's passing. Had lots of fun times when the Bears & the Ashers got together Marcella

  20. Jim Krause

    Ray's Family has my condolences. He will be missed.

  21. kathy & bob geraets

    our sympathy to the Asher families

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