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Friends Remember Jeremy Asbell: 'He Always Had the Biggest Smile on His Face'

Drowning victim's memorial visitation will be held Monday. Service will be at Calvary Church in Naperville at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Those who knew Jeremy Asbell say he always had a smile on his face.

Asbell, 25, was Thursday morning. The Bolingbrook native and 2004 graduate was after he and a friend were tossed from a canoe that capsized on the pond. 

Crews discovered Asbell's body after the pond, at Frontage Road and Woodward Avenue. Preliminary results of an autopsy indicate Asbell died of an accidental drowning and there is no indication of foul play or suspicious circumstances, according to a release from the DuPage County Coroner's Office.

“I used to work with Jeremy at Plato's Pizza, as well as his brother Jeff,” said Johnny Lopez on the Bolingbrook Patch Facebook page. “I also played football and wrestled with him at RHS. He was a great worker as well as an amazing athlete.

"We always had a great time. Jeremy always had a smile on his face and I never [saw] him in a bad mood. I saw him [two] Fridays ago. We caught up on a lot and then parted ways. I'm glad I had the chance to know him.”

Asbell is survived by two sons—Tyler, 6, and Landen, 21 months—as well as two siblings, Jeffrey and Alicia. His Facebook page said he lived in Darien.

Romeoville High School Principal Derek Kinder, who coached Asbell during his days on the wrestling and football team, said he was always one of the most popular kids in school and was a hard worker in and out of the classroom.

“He was determined and successful,” Kinder said. “In sports he was extremely talented and had all the tools—size and smarts—to be successful. As a coach, he was a great kid to have because win or lose, he was hard working and happy.

“That’s probably the best I can describe him—he was happy-go-lucky. Just a great kid.”

Kinder said he was in shock upon learning of Asbell’s death.

“Whenever you hear of former students that you knew well being in such a crisis … it just makes you think about how short life can be,” Kinder said. “All of the staff here at RHS … the people that knew [Asbell] and his family are in our thoughts and prayers. Especially his brother and sister, who were both students at Romeoville High School. The whole family were just good kids.”

Asbell’s memorial visitation, according to the Bolingbrook-McCauley Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, will be held Monday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Nina Henry, a friend of Asbell, said he had a big heart and loved his family and kids.

“My brothers and Jeremy played T-ball and Little League together,” Henry said on Bolingbrook Patch’s Facebook page. “I just remember Jeremy as always having the biggest smile on his face no matter what … and never had a problem making friends.”

More tributes:

Carolyn Liaromatis, friend: “When Jeremy was younger, his family had an angry little dog that made it hard to hang out over there lol.”

Denise Black Windle, a friend’s mother: “Jeremy was a kind person. He worked with my son at U.S. Cellular. My daughter loved for him to fix her phone because it was always better when Jeremy did it. God Bless his family.”

Russell Fletcher, a friend’s father: “Our younger son and daughter played T-ball with Jeremy until the year they won the Bolingbrook championship [1993]. We enjoyed the several seasons of T-ball we shared with the Asbell family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Linda, Alicia and the rest of the family members, as well as Jeremy's many friends.”

Donna KPG August 05, 2011 at 01:34 PM
I don't know this family but my heart breaks at the thought of such a tragic loss. All who knew him are in my thoughts and prayers...especially those two little boys who lost their daddy.
Stacy August 05, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Jeremy will always be loved and his name and more importantly, his kind heart will forever be remembered.
Stacy August 05, 2011 at 02:15 PM
I agree. I *think* he had been at a Bonfire drinking. But yes, makes no sense.
Cathy Riley August 05, 2011 at 05:11 PM
My family is keeping the Asbell in our thoughts and prayers. I hope Jeremy is at peace and seeing his old friend Amanda.
Kerry Porazinski August 05, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Mike, I understand how you must feel...considering this had nothing to do with you. You are right, it is about HIS KIDS. It is obvious that you did not care for this person. It takes a Mature person to realize that this is not the proper time to "give your opinion". Remember, it is about his kids and you are not showing any respect by bashing their father. You will learn with time and maturity.
Kerry Porazinski August 05, 2011 at 06:19 PM
I have lost a sibling to a drunk driver. And being much older, I have paid at least double the taxes you have in your short time. I am a parent of 3 kids. I respect everything that you are saying. With all of the issues in this country, there are much more important topics to discuss. It is not fair for any parent to listen to someone bash their child. His parents and children are suffering. Whatever led to this is over. Sadly, this was the outcome. All I'm saying is, think of how you would feel if your family member was the one being bashed. The truth is out there. You obviously found it. Just saying, it is not our place to judge him. It is a little late, don't you think?
Matt August 05, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Mike... you very clearly don't like Jeremy that is obvious but your clear lack of respect for him. were you with him when he got the DUI?? No you do not know the facts and the simple fact that you researched him to find something anything to bash him about you made sure to publicise here. Is it really that important that it was a weeknight? And I'm glad you find this amusing Kerry was right that you lack maturity how can anyone's death be amusing??? But clearly you are all about judging people from him, to assume that you will have to pay for his kids schooling, healthcare and so on... his kids, family and friends are the ones that are hurting so leave it at that and move on nobody wants to hear or read what you have to say about the reasons why you didn't like Jeremy
SPK August 05, 2011 at 06:32 PM
You know what....it is OK to have your opinion but keep it to yourself instead of adding insult to injury, have some human decency and compassion for those grieving their loved one who may be reading this. Shame on you. GOd help you if you ever make a mistake....hope you are not judged as harshly as you are judging.
SPK August 05, 2011 at 06:43 PM
And further more, IT IS about his children and his family, so please show some respect and don't post this kind of stuff. You are adding to their suffering.
DMO August 05, 2011 at 07:09 PM
My daughter went to high school with Jeremy and always remember him with that beautiful smile and always happy. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, children, friends and all who had the pleasure of having Jeremy in their lives.....he will be truly missed!
Sara Miller Kane August 05, 2011 at 07:18 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with the Asbell family at this time. Jeremy was a good friend of my son's and a frequent visitor at my home. Always smiling, that was Jeremy. He will be missed!
DHD August 05, 2011 at 09:19 PM
This story shouldn't be open to comments. All these internet tough guys would never repeat the garbage they're writing here in front of this kid's family. I dare you tell this kid's parents in person, not hiding behind a computer screen, that you think your tax dollars we're being wasted searching for his body. It's obvious that this kid had problems, but he didn't deserve to pay for them with his life.
Kerry Porazinski August 05, 2011 at 10:38 PM
Well said. I t does not matter how someone leaves this world, but the mark they left. From reading, that is 2 beautiful kids and a family that loved him. I am very sad for the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers!
Katiee Alexis Windle August 06, 2011 at 02:26 AM
Jeremy was an AMAZING person !! I remember going into us cellular and he would always fix my phone . He worked with my brother in us cellular , i remember saying to my mom when we walked in " I wish he was my age(:'' i always thought Jeremy was cute i was little at the time !! Well Jeremy will be MISSED greatly!
Jeff Klem August 06, 2011 at 05:56 AM
Terrible tragedy when anyone so young passes away, but I question what he was really doing. Was alcohol invovled? Wasnt this accident in the wee hours of the morning? Nothing can be done to bring him back, but if something can be learned to prevent such a thing from happening again, then it should be brought to the surface. Was this a case of a terrible accident, or were irresponsible decisions a factor? If so, lessons can be learned in the future. May God be with him and his family.
Frank Ocean August 06, 2011 at 10:47 AM
What happened to the "full name only" policy? All these 3letter aliases... If you're gonna stick up for your friend and knock someone for being an "internet tough guy" then you shouldn't be such a hypocrite and leave your name.
Bryeanna Howard August 10, 2011 at 06:05 PM
i worked with Jerm at us cellular, and i would even get in trouble for being in the tech room laughing and talking with him! we joked around a lot, and even had some heartfelt conversations, he was more than a co woker he was a friend. even my dad was hurt to hear this sad news, he always fixed my daddy's phone. :) Jerm was just a great person all the way around. i pray for his other friends, and his family and most importantly his children. Jerm will be loved forever.

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