The Class of 2025 Loses a Friend, Asher Deets

Warrior Nation lost beloved Asher Deets on November 27th due to a tragic house fire.
 In loving memory of Asher Deets, forever a true warrior.
In loving memory of Asher Deets, forever a true warrior.
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On November 27th, 2023 a junior at West Branch passed away early that Monday morning. Asher Deets lost his life in a fire at the home where he was residing. The fire was reported at 3:14 am, and despite the firefighters’ courageous attempts, they were unable to reach Asher due to the intense and aggressive nature of the blaze, coupled with the structural instability of the building. Unfortunately, they could not save him.  The cause of the fire is still unknown and is under investigation.

Asher relocated to the West Branch area this past summer, and despite his relatively brief time in our community, he left a lasting impact on our Warrior community. He formed numerous meaningful connections and friendships during his time here at the Branch. He was a part of the football team which helped him to build new friendships right away. His contagious smile and laughter didn’t go unnoticed. Asher’s study hall teacher, Ms. Moriarity, shared some kind words, stating, “Asher was a lively and personable student with a certain charm and a smile that I think those who knew him really appreciated.”

Asher’s hometown is located in Virginia where his mother Tara Miller and stepdad Wes Miller live. Asher was deeply committed to his religious beliefs and regularly participated in church activities in both his hometown and the local area. In Virginia, he was a member of the Keezletown United Methodist Church. He was greatly involved with the church camp that he attended for many years, which was called Camp Overlook. Asher was promised a counselor position at Camp Overlook next summer which he was looking forward to. 

Asher’s dad, Aaron Keebler, is devastated due to the tragic loss. He needs the community’s support at this time. Donations are accepted at the West Branch Area School District and can be dropped off at the high school office at any time. Mr. Keebler is requesting any clothes in the size of extra large for shirts, 36X34 or size large in pants, 9 ½ size shoes, warm coats in a 2XL, and underwear sized 34/36. On the other hand, Asher’s mom and stepdad are looking for donations to help them get back on their feet after this tragedy with a GoFundMe page, to cover his funeral costs in Virginia. Another goal is to build a small cabin in Asher’s honor at the church summer camp that he attended. The GoFundMe is linked here: Please find time to help Asher’s family during this difficult time.

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