Charles Asman, 92

Charles Asman

Charles Asman was born on May 1, 1929, in Chicago, Illinois to Michael and Magdalena Pommeret Asman.  Charles grew up in Chicago and attended Austin High School in Chicago and graduated in 1946. 

Charles moved with his parents to Central Minnesota to farm near Parker Prairie.  There he met and married Fern Lois Kalpin and was soon called to service that same year. Returning from his tour in Japan, Charles decided on his college career. During his college days at the University of Minnesota, Charles and Fern started their family to include daughter, Deborah and son, Randy.  After graduation Charles pursued a career in sales that took the family to Iowa and then Illinois where the couple finished their family with the birth of daughter, Julia.  After a life changing event for the couple, Charles resettled his family in Minnesota and pursued again his agriculture career eventually taking a position in Agriculture Management at the Jackson Vocational School in Jackson, MN. Charles was active in his church, community, and local organizations.  After retirement Charles enjoyed his time as a reserve police officer in Jackson and other community activities until the illness and death of his wife, Fern to cancer in 1995.  In January 1996 he and Elaine Meyer Buesing Holland were married at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.  Following their marriage, they made their home in Slayton, MN.  Charles again was active in the Slayton Community through Slayton Kiwanis, church, and City Theatre.  In August 2020 Charles moved to the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne MN.

He passed away there on Sunday, September 5, 2021, at the age of 92.  He was a member of the Slayton Presbyterian Church.  He also was a member of the Jackson American Legion Post, the Jackson Lions Club, Boy Scouts of America, and the Slayton Kiwanis.  Charles enjoyed traveling in the motor home, hunting, fishing, golfing, and driving his grandson, Sam on his paper route with a gun!

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Asman of Slayton, MN, three children and their spouses, Deborah and Rande Krusemark of Stewartville, MN, Randy and Kathy Asman of Hibbings, MN and Julia and Bruce Opheim of Salina, KS, nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, five step-children and their spouses, Keith and Julie Buesing of Mason City , IA, Curtis and Joan Buesing of Scottdale, AZ, Paula and Alan Olson of Mesa, AZ, Tom and Angela Buesing of Springfield, MN, and Mark Buesing of Boerne, TX, nine step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Fern, and three brothers, Robert, Eugene, and Howard Asman.

Visitation will be on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at the Totzke Funeral Home in Slayton from 4-7 p.m. A private family service will be held at a later time.  Interment will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in rural Jackson, MN. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Slayton Presbyterian Church or to donors’ charity of choice.  To send condolences visit