Asay Bardell Johnson, age 92, of Lake Havasu City, Az, passed away September 1, 2017. He was born April 20, 1925 in Monroe, Utah to Joseph and Mary Johnson.
Asay was raised in McGill, Nevada, attended school there and graduated with the Class of 1943 at White Pine High School. He was the youngest Eagle Scout in Nevada history and a member of the 1942 Nevada State Championship Football team.
Asay enlisted in the United States Army Air Force and was commissioned a flight officer and navigator in the 91st Bomb Group flying B-17 bombers in England. He was a World War II veteran and a prisoner of war from February to April 1945.
Asay married Gloria Geddes on June 27, 1945 and adopted two children; Mary Ann and Roger, who were raised in McGill, Nevada. They had 58 years of marriage before her death in 2003.
Asay worked for Kennecott Copper Corp. for 30 years and retired as the service superintendant in McGill, Nevada. Asay was a 49 year member of the Elks Lodge and a member of the VFW and American Legion. He was very active with the Pony Express who ran the horse racing meet for many years. He was also a coach, referee and umpire for many years in White Pine County.
Asay was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Gloria. He is survived by his brother, Dwan Johnson of Reno, Nevada, daughter, Mary Ann Allen (Scott), son Roger, grand children; Heather Morrison (Shawn), Roger, Asay Broc, great-grandchildren, Travis Morrison, Stephanie Hopewell, Sophie and great great-granddaughter Karyzma Hopewell.
An Elks funeral service is scheduled for Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Lake Havasu City, AZ under the direction of Lake Havasu City Elk Lodge #2399.
A remembrance for Asay and Gloria will be held at Bird Creek on May 20, 2018