Former retailer, sales rep James Askren dies at 88

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — James Robert Askren, 88, passed away on Friday, April 14.

Askren was born in Sedalia, Mo., on Sept. 10, 1929, to James Newton and Anna Margaret Askren. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and also a long time member of the Knights of Columbus. He served both St. Agnes and Immaculate Conception Parishes in many capacities over the years.

Askren’s career in the home furnishings industry spanned 60 years, starting in his home town managing a retail furniture store owned at the time by McLaughlin Brothers Furniture. He moved on to owning his own retail furniture business in Sedalia, closing it in 1968.

From there, he moved to Springfield and took the helm of Sedgwick Furniture as operations manager and buyer. In the early 1970s, Askren was hired by McKinney Bedding Co. (Restonic of Springfield) as its sales representative, where he remained until he retired in 2008. His legacy in the home furnishings industry continues through a son and granddaughter who work in the industry.

He was married to Dorothy Lorene Askren for 63 years until her passing in 2015. Together they raised seven sons and one daughter, and had 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation is to be held at the Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home on April 27, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The rite of Christian burial will be celebrated on April 28, at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church.

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