October 24, 1930 ~ June 3, 2017

Born in: Billings, MT,
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

William J. Askwig, 86, died June 3, 2017. William 'Bill' was born October 24, 1930, in Billings, Mont., one of five children to Earl and Myrtle Askwig. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served in the Korean War. For 32 years, before his retirement in 1994, he was employed as Professor of Economics and Dean of the School of Business at what is now CSU-Pueblo, where he was an inspiration to many students. Bill enjoyed hiking and mountain climbing, however, bicycling was his favorite sport. He bicycled extensively all over the United States, including riding from coast to coast during the Bikecentennial '76 event. Bill's endearing smile and wry sense of humor will be greatly missed. Preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Howard and Glenn (Vergie); sister, Sally (Clarence) Isakson; brother-in-law, Bruce Wiley; and mother-in-law, Betty Montes. Survived by his wife, Mona; children, Jeffrey (Verna) Askwig and Scott Askwig; stepsons, Matthew (Jessica) Clark and Darren Clark; grandchildren, J.J. Askwig and Ashley (Stephen) Irvin; step-grandchildren, Skylar and Corwin Clark; sister, Ruth Wiley; and father-in-law, Carl Montes. No viewing or services. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. In lieu of food or flowers, contributions may be made to CSU-Pueblo Foundation, Friends of Pueblo Animal Shelter, Parkview Medical Center Foundation or Parkinson's of the Rockies through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences welcomed at www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Dear Mona, So very sorry to learn of your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. I know you have been through a very difficult time in recent months and you did all things possible to make life easier for Bill. Just take one day at a time.

  2. Mona, my thoughts are with you, and I wish you the very best at this difficult time. Bill was an outstanding professor and a very good friend. I know he will be missed greatly by all. Best regards, Bob Shirley

  3. Mona, you did great job keeping Bill as comfortable as possible and worked hard.
    When you feel like to go out, call me. I will be your companion.
    Tom Thielmier told me Bill was the best professor at the university.

  4. Mona, what a great man and teacher. I will not forget his compassion for teaching. My prayers are with your family.

  5. Mona, I was so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. You are in my thoughts, and I hope your family finds strength in each other.

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