“There is no use to quitting as long as you can still do it.”
Asher Crowley was born on the Chromo Ranch near Pagosa Springs, Colorado to Pet C. and Sara Russell Crowley on July 17, 1904. Getting an early start at long career during a long productive lifetime, he first rode on horseback at the age of two. At nine he got his first rope and at 16 he competed in his first rodeo. He participated in his first team roping competition when he was 18. During his long life he won many competitions in team roping as a “heeler.” He lived on the family homestead until 1935, marrying Myrtle in Durango, Colorado on Sept. 6, 1927. Their marriage lasted 80 years until his death. From this union came a son Willis and a daughter Doris. In 1952 the couple moved to Wichita County in northwest Kansas where he spent the rest of his life. Many of Asher’s accomplishments came after what most people would consider retirement age. In 1966, when over 60 years old, he went to work for Hi Plains Feedlot (later Caprock Industries) in Leoti, Kansas. He worked there until retiring in 1997 at 92. Asher won many rewards during his life; later ones include the IFCA World Championship Team Roping in 1984, The Whimp Hughes Memorial “The Top Hand Award” in 1988, and in 1995 he had the fastest time of 47 teams in the Celebrity Team Roping at the Beef Empire Days in Garden City. He held memberships in Leoti Rodeo & Horse Show Club, Leoti Rough Riders, Wichita County Roping Club, Wichita County Rodeo Club, Wichita County Fair Board & Parade Committee, International Feedlot Cowboys Association, and many civic and church organizations. Asher passed away on May 22, 2007 at the age of 102 years and nine months.
Year inducted: 2008