Asher Eugene Allen

March 25, 2011 ~ July 2, 2012


Asher Eugene Allen, 15 months, of Brandon, died Monday, July 2, 2012, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Friday, July 6, 2012 at Celebration United Methodist Church in Brandon, with Pastor Rebecca Trefz officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service with family present from 9 to 11am. Burial will follow in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Crofton NE.

Asher Eugene Allen was born March 25, 2011 in Sioux Falls to Denny and Karri (Thunker) Allen. He was baptized on May 22, 2011. He and his family attended Celebration United Methodist Church in Brandon where Asher could be found dancing to the music on any given Sunday morning. He loved his music so much that he figured out how to turn on the family radio and would listen/dance to 96.5 KNWC. Asher was very observant also. He could detect when the TV was being turned on and would come to the room to see if his favorite programs were on. If not, he would resume doing his thing again. He also knew how to turn on the remote for his shows as well. Asher’s routine was to pull up his Husker chair or hop into mom or dad’s lap, watch the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and wave goodnight to Mickey. When it was time for bed, he would go get his blanket and his “paci” and trudge down the hall to his crib on his own. He was a very good natured boy. He loved to greet his dad at the door every night with a big smile as Denny would come home from work. Asher also liked to play hard. He liked sticks, dirt, and swimming. Sometimes he would get dirty just so he could take a bath. He would run into the bathroom to look at the tub, just to make sure it was there and ready to swim in.

Asher is survived by his parents, Denny and Karri Allen, Brandon, grandparents, Candy Thunker, Bloomfield NE, Wallace (Cathy) Allen, Spencer SD, many aunts and uncles, Lory (Larry) Johansen, Valley Springs, Cindy (John) Hansen, Ames, IA, Rhonda (Steve) Ramsdell, Piedmont, Connie (Gary) Pearson, Sioux Falls, Kerry (Bill) Selland, Salem, Sally Westhoff, Salem, Bill Westhoff, Salem, Kelly (Nikki) Wilken, Tea, Michelle (Troy) Sage, Sparks, NE, Dawn (Casey) Sherlock, Alda, NE, Melanie (Chris) Hartung, Laurel, NE, Crystal (Craig) Steffen, Wayne, NE, Jessica (Adam) Schapmann, Grand Island, NE, and many cousins.

Asher was preceded in death by his grandparents Jim Thunker, and Loren and June Westhoff.

In Lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to The Asher Allen Memorial Fund.

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  • Dianne says:

    God called Asher to be His own child in baptism. I am sorry He did not leave Asher with you longer, to love and enjoy him My prayers are with you as you lean on God to lift your spirits from the depth of despair that I can only imagine. God Bless the loving family of Asher.

  • Chuck Delimont says:

    Karri and Denny I’m so sorry for your loss, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Phil & Lee Pickart says:

    For some moments in life there are no words. Our deepest sympathy & our thoughts & prayers are with you. Asher is sitting on God’s knee right now.
    Phil & Lee Pickart

  • Janice Nichols (Merchen) says:

    Karri and family,

    I am so very very sorry to hear of your loss of this precious little man…God bless you…you have a precious angel watching over you now. Prayers to your entire family.

  • Kari Kollars says:

    I’m honored that I got to hold this little angel. I’m greatly sorry for your family’s heartache. Much love and prayers are being sent to you.

  • Nikki May Donahou says:

    God is with your precious baby and please know that their are so many of us who are here for you with anything you may need!

  • Stacey schumacher says:

    My heart shattered into a 1,000 pieces when I heard about asher. Love to you all

  • Michelle Ecklein says:

    Denny and Karri,

    What a beautiful write up of your precious little boy! I am so, so sorry for your loss. I cannot even begin to imagine the broken hearts you have. I will pray for you and the time ahead of you as you move forward with a new little angel looking down on you.

  • Dear Denny and Karri,
    Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. I am sitting here ready this and can not believe that Trevor’s buddy Asher is now playing in heaven. My heart is so sad. Asher will be missed so much. I enjoyed every minute taking care of him. He will always hold a very special place in my heart.
    With prayers,

    John, Jodi, Abbie, Tyler and Trevor De Berg

  • Mary Sterkel says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this difficult time.

  • Leah (Schumacher) Robb says:

    I am praying for you …just has Asher is praying for you right now. He sounds as if he has had good practice being an angel with you on earth already! You guys are so blessed to have had such a gift from God in your lives. Take care.

  • Nichole Klinkhammer says:

    Denny & Karri,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you during this difficult time and know He is there for you to lean on. You now have a very special little angel watching over you.
    Jason, Nichole, Dylan, Casey, & Carson Klinkhammer

  • Cindy (Kathol) Howey says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your Grandpa Thunker, Uncle Terry, Uncle Ken and Aunt Mary area friends of mine. Our deepest sympathies.

  • Jack Herzlinger says:

    Im so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. GOD bless..

  • Jen Hora says:

    Karri and Denny-
    I cannot find the words I want to say to help you find comfort right now. I was at Peace yesterday and Jay came and found me and shared the sad news. Thankful he shared with me, but I cannot begin to put my head and heart around this. I am heart broken for you both… heaven received an amazing gift this week… hugs to both of you. On my mind and in my heart ~j~

  • So many prayers are being sent up with your family. You are in our thoughts!

  • Rhonda Mead says:

    Denny and Karri,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss of little Asher. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Asher will be your little angel watching over you from Heaven.

  • Chad Mentele says:

    Denny and Karri
    I am so sorry to here of your loss. Such an adorable little guy, keep that close to your heart. My prayers and thought are with you during this difficult time.

  • MIke & Terry Mueller & family says:

    Dear Karri & Denny,

    You are in our prayers and thoughts! There are no words to say for comfort at this most difficult time, but to know so many prayers are with you.

  • April Truttmann says:

    Denny and Karri, so sorry for you loss of your beautiful little boy. Please know that we will keep him and your family in our prayers. He is in heaven looking done at you and will be your speical little angel.

  • Denny and Karri:

    Donna and I want to wish you both our heart felt sympathy. We are keeping both of you and your families in our prayers.

    Doug & Donna Warner

  • Kristi Olinger Winterfeldt says:

    Denny and Karri,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families in this sorrowful time. Embrace and lean on your family and friends and gather peace from knowing that Asher is dancing in Heaven with the rest of God’s angels.

  • Jackie Bailey says:

    Cannot imagine the depth of pain you are suffering. I hope you feel God’s loving arms surrounding you as the prayers of your friends and family lift you up at this most difficult time.

  • Mary & Tyler Northrup says:

    Denny & Karri~
    Our thoughts & prayers are with both of you and your families during this very difficult time. May you somehow find comfort in knowing that so many are holding all of you close. My heart breaks for you, and I pray that you will find healing and strength in the days ahead.
    With Sympathy~
    Tyler & Mary Northrup

  • Karen Arens says:

    I was heartbroken to hear of your loss. Be strong knowing he is in heaven playing with his grandparents & you have a wonderful angel to watch over you. Prayers and hugs for your family!

    Ryan, Karen, & girls

  • Mike and Kathie says:

    Dear Denny and Karri,
    We are so sorry for your loss, and can’t imagine such a hole in your hearts and your lives. May you be wrapped in the compassion of friends and family and love of God to carry you through.

  • Lynn Bethke says:

    Karri & Denny,
    There are no words to understand this; my heart broke and I know that is nothing compared to your sorrow. All I can say is to take comfort in the love of God. He had a reason for taking Asher to heaven even though that is something we will not be able to comprehend now. But no matter how dark the days now and ahead, God will see you through. I know that you both have the faith to sustain you. With love, Lynn

  • Matt & Kelli LaCroix says:

    Karri and Denny,
    I wish their were words to say that would ease your heart break. Asher was blessed to have such wonderful, loving parents.
    We are praying for you.
    Love Matt and Kelli LaCroix

  • Beth Senn says:

    Karri, I am so sorry to hear about Asher. I cannot beleive it. I am praying for you guys to have the strength to get through this. Take care of yourselves.

  • Sara and Matt Farrier says:

    Karri and Denny,

    We would like to express our sincere sympathy over the loss of your son. Our heart goes out to you both. In his time here, we know Asher was loved deeply by so many. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are very sorry for your loss.

    Sara and Matt Farrier

  • Todd Langbehn says:

    Denny and Karri,

    My prayers are with you in the loss of your son. May God’s Grace envelope you and keep you.

  • Katie Campuzano says:

    So sorry for the loss of your sweet angel boy. No words…we are praying for you.

  • Jim & Mary Frank says:

    Denny & Karri,
    Words cannot express your lose! Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers, exspecially Asher. For he is being held in the palm of God’s hand.
    God Bless and keep you always,
    Mary and Jim

  • Ryan & Holly Klinkhammer says:

    Words can’t express how we feel. We are so sorry for your loss. We know your hearts are broken, and pray that God will hold you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Gary & Sherri Ermels says:

    Denny & Karri,
    So terribly sorry for the loss of your pricious little Asher. Our hearts go out to you and your families.

  • Maurine Pederson says:

    Karri & Denny,

    Words cannot express the sorrow we share with you in the loss of your dear son, Asher. May God hold you in his arms and give you strength through the days and months ahead. Our prayers are with you.

    Jim & Maurine Pederson

  • Jenny Beel says:

    As friends of Michelle, our hearts were broken when we heard about Asher. We are praying for your family. May God wrap His loving arms around all of you. We stayed at the Lodge (roomed next to you during your stay in Valentine last summer) and remember little Asher. We pray God’s peace, with surpasses all understanding, graces your hearts as you grieve the loss of Asher.

  • Dawn (Bies) Makovsky says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your precious little boy. My heart aches for you. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!

  • Jody & Jack Lundie says:

    Dear Karri and Denny,

    You have been in our thoughts and prayers. Monday night, I shared with the team your sad…sad news and I couldn’t do the training as I had a hard time holding back the tears. Tuesday Debbie Randall (Paula and I couldn’t) lead our leadership celebration dinner with a time of prayer for you both. So just know there are so many people crying, praying and thinking of you both. (((big hugs)))

  • Carla Berry says:

    I was so saddened to hear of the loss of your little angel. Please know that you have been in my prayers during this time of grief and sadness.

  • Paul and Tracy Kern says:

    Heaven is more beautiful now. God bless you both, and please let us know if there is anything we can do.

  • Janel (Selland) Van Ruler says:

    Denny and Karri,

    I am so, so sorry to hear of Asher. Please know that prayers are being sent to you and God will guide you through this difficult time. Our deepest sympathies to both of you.

    Alan, Janel, Abigail and Micah Van Ruler

  • Deb And Dave Kube says:

    Denny and Karri,
    Our prayers are with you both in this time of loss of your little Asher. God gave you the most beautiful gift to love for such a short time. May he watch over all of you until you meet again.

  • Allen and Susan Giesler says:

    Denny and family, I am so sorry to hear of your sons passing. Your family will be in our thoughts. 

  • Patrick and Coleen Sprecher says:

    Denny and Karri,
    We are so sorry for your loss. May God give you both strength and comfort you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Patrick and Coleen Sprecher

  • Darold and Lanetee says:

    Denny and Karri, we are so sorry for your loss and the pain you are feeling. We pray God gives you His comfort and know there are so many here for you.

    Darold and Lanette Diede

  • Cali, Eric, Hunter, Carisa and Tayber Olesen says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of your little boy. Many thoughts and prayers to your family. May God wrap you in his arms and give you the strength you need.

  • John and Judy Vanheek says:

    We have seen Asher in Church when you are home visiting your Mom Karri, and he was such a beautiful and expressionable boy. You are very lucky to have been able to spend time with him. I am very sorry for you loss, I can say nothing to help ease the ache but know we are thinking of you and our sympathies to you and Denny.

  • Ann And Scott Schelske says:

    We are friends of the Brunas and heard of your loss. We are thinking and praying for you during this tough time.

  • Jolene Schapmann says:

    To Asher’s family,
    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. (Adam’s Aunt)

  • We are so very sorry for your loss of your precious little boy. Our heart go out to you and your extended family. WE will keep you in out thoughts and prayers. God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter withour sorrow, nor sun without rain, But he did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.
    God be with you.

  • Theresa & Shane Lien says:

    Karri & Denny – We apologize that we haven’t reached out to you during this time, we just found out today. We are so sorry for your loss and can’t even pretend to imagine what you and Denny are going through. I wish I had some words that would take away some of the hurt. We have comfort knowing that you have faith in God and know that you can turn to Him to hold your hand as you walk through this journey of pain.
    You have our deepest sympathies and prayers

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