Nunnelee Funeral Chapel

205 North Stoddard, Sikeston, MO


Dr. John H. Askew

9 May , 194422 June , 2019

Dr. John H. Askew, 75, died Saturday, June 22, at his home in Sikeston, Missouri surrounded by his family. A respected and loved physician, John practiced medicine in Southeast Missouri for 34 years. From his retirement in late 2005 through today, his colleagues, patients, and patients’ family members showered him with words of gratitude and letters thanking him for saving lives, for visiting their loved ones at home, and for his bedside manner defined by straight talk, long hours, sharp wit, and dry humor. John was born at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida on May 9, 1944. He was raised in Hattiesburg, Mississippi with his sister, Rebecca, by their parents Dr. John W. Askew, Jr., D.D.S. and Mrs. Lillian Askew, who instilled in them the value of, and love for, education. John received his Bachelor of Science from Mississippi College in 1965, his Master of Science from the University of Mississippi in 1967 where he also taught anatomy to medical students, and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Tennessee in 1971. Following medical school, he did his residency at the University of Southern California where he met and fell in love with his future wife, Carol Van Deraa of South Holland, Illinois. Implementing a plan hatched by his best friend, the brilliant Ed Masters, John moved to Advance, Missouri in 1972 to work with Ed’s father. Later that year, John and Carol were married. In 1974, John and Ed relocated their practice to Sikeston, joining the Ferguson Medical Group. John was a family practice physician who also delivered hundreds of babies and was on staff at Missouri Delta Medical Center. Obstetrics “was the best part of medicine,” John said upon retirement. John is survived by Carol, his wife of 46 years, and their three children, Wells, Nathan, and Ben. Their oldest son, John Wells Askew, resides in Rochester, Minnesota with his wife Lisa and their four-year old daughter, Devlin Elizabeth Askew. Nathan Askew lives in Doniphan, Missouri when he’s not guiding safaris in Africa. Ben Askew resides in St. Louis with his girlfriend, Loren Menefee. John is also survived by his sister, Dr. Rebecca Askew, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. John’s priorities were his family and his patients. In the spare time that he had, he could likely be found at the bowling alley (he rolled a 300 game in 1992), the golf course, or at home doing yard work. Services will be held on Wednesday, June 26, at the First Christian Church, 1006 N. Main Street in Sikeston, where John and Carol are members. Visitation begins at 1:30 with a funeral service to follow at 4:00. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his honor to the Mayo Clinic Hope Fund (philanthropy.mayoclinic.org) or the First Christian Church in Sikeston. Online condolences may be shared at www. nunneleefuneralchapel.com.


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Dr. John H. Askew

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Jo Cline

28 June 2019

I was Dr. Askews nurse for 10 years. We worked HARD. He was sometimes difficult to work with, but his md skills made up for it. I was proud to be associated with him. His compassion for his patients was off the charts. I think his one great medical love was delivering babies. I often wondered why he didn't be an OB GYN. Some days we started our day 2-3 hours late because of a new baby. We would see up to 60 > pts per day and leave at 8pm. In all those years , I thinks bowling that 300 was one of his best moments. He was so proud. Beaming. I truly hated to see him ill and always hoped he would do well. Condolences to the entire Askew family.

Jo and Dennis Cline

Michelle Kem-Baker

26 June 2019

I worked with Dr. Askew at FMG for many years. I was also his patient. He was respected for his straight forwardness and dry sence of humor. When I was sick, i knew he would make me better. The feeling of security with him taking care of me was priceless. God rest your soul.

Emily Carpenter

26 June 2019

Dr. Askew was a kind and caring physician. His humor always put me at ease as a kid. I only have fond memories of him. My condolences to the family.

Seth Lyon

26 June 2019

Dr. Askew brought me into this world and saved my life shortly after. He remained my family’s physician afterwards and we still talk fondly of him till this day. He was truly a great and amazing person.

Aundre'a Jordan

25 June 2019

I never met you Sir. However, from all the positive reviews I see about you, you were an amazing man and I just know God is smiling at you.

Condolences to your family and may you R.I.P. Sir.

Yours Truly,

Aundre'a J. Jordan

Theresa Sanders

25 June 2019

I had the pleasure of doing transcription for Dr. Askew at FMG. He was one of my favorites. He was a very caring physician. He will be missed.

Wendi Schroyer (Dunlap)

24 June 2019

Dear Askew Family, Dr. Askew was my doctor as a child. I am now 44. Before we moved from Sikeston (over 30 years ago) I would have to get blood drawn or my finger pricked once a week for a long time. Dr. Askew would make this experience a pleasant one. As a child I would be terrified but Dr. Askew would come and comfort me and help me get through these moments. I still talk about him today as he was truly the BEST, most WONDERFUL, CARING and LOVING doctor I have ever had! What a blessing to have been able to have him as my doctor in the years I needed him most. Please know what a treasure he was to so many families. I’m praying for you all and trusting God will give you peace and comfort during this time.

Cendra Burk

24 June 2019

Dr Askew was my family doctor. I loved him. He was such a good doctor and person. He was also my mom's doctor. She thought he was funny. He was really good to my mom. I will always remember him. My prayers are with his family.

Phyllis Stanley

24 June 2019

Some of my best memories of MDMC include this man. Loved his dry sense of humor and the genuine compassion he had for his patients.
May God comfort his family during this time. So sorry for your loss.

Marge Riley

24 June 2019

Dr Askew was the best. He delivered my daughter in 1975 and continued being our doctor until he retired. There were not many doctors that could walk in his shoes. I pray that you find peace and comfort during this time of sorrow.