8/2/20

Dick Raymond's August Poem - “SHATTERER OF WORLDS”


 
                                                                                


"SHATTERER OF WORLDS" 

6 August 1945, over Hiroshima

 

            Now Colonel Paul Tibbets, of Quincy, is handed the horrible  mission,

            The aircraft--named for his own mother, a lady called Enola Gay—

            Fat egg in its belly, yolk loaded, all set for the moment of fission,

            Takes off from small Tinian, climbing through clouds of a beautiful day.

 

            Straight on, all alone in the ether, the Superfort, silver in sunlight,

            Soars over its target, so peaceful, no thought of the oncoming hour—

            "Bomb away" quoth the aimer, the aircraft wheels rapidly round for the home-flight,            

             As beneath them, a slumbering city is treated to terrible power.

 

            An ominous blossom arises, a purple, cylindrical column

            Quick-following sun-bright expansion, leaves stricken survivors  aghast,

            A sinister shadow outspreading, a mushroom all silent and  solemn,

            And wars, from this moment, are altered, whole cities erased in the blast.

 

            But far from the blue Marianas, a scientist, sunk in depression,

            Smokes hundreds of cigarettes, striving to expunge that bright vision of doom

            As lank Oppenheimer soft-murmurs a prayer to preclude its  progression,

            The Baghavad-Gita, in Sanskrit, "Behold, I have Death in my  womb!"

 

            5-30-20

 

* This line from the Baghavad-Gita was supposedly spoken by chief scientist Robert Oppenheimer, on observing the "Trinity" test of the first atomic bomb, at Los Alamos, N.M, 16 July 1945. He suffered from years of guilt over the event.

8/1/20

Death of a Classmate - Captain Edward E. Henifin - 19th Co.


Captain Edward E. Henifin, United States Navy, made his final PCS on July 25, 2020. He was 88. He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 65 years, Betsy; his children Ann Reddick, David Henifin (Jeanne) and Ted Henifin (Pam); five grandchildren; David Reddick (Darlene), Elisabeth Francis (Christopher), Cate Henderson (Caleb), Wells Henifin and Jimmy Henifin; and four great- grandchildren; Monroe and Presley Reddick, Huntleigh Henderson and Freyja Francis.


Buzz was born in Madison, South Dakota. He was preceded in death by his mother Rose Vreyens Henifin and his father Ralph Henifin. Buzz graduated from high school in Minneapolis, Minnesota and went on to the United States Naval Academy, despite having never seen an ocean! A proud member of the Class of 54, Buzz pursued a career in submarines. The Navy took Buzz and Betsy (and children as they arrived) up and down the east coast (Newport, New London, Key West, Portsmouth, NH), west to Seattle and San Diego and finally homesteading in the metro DC area for the last 13 years of his 30 year career. His decision to homestead in the DC area was likely career-limiting but allowed all three children to graduate from the same high school and really allowed the family to put down roots, much deeper than a typical military family.


Highlights of his distinguished career include Executive Officer of the USS Albacore, Commanding Officer of the USS Pomfret and Commanding Officer of the Naval Research Lab. Buzz spent significant time deep below the ocean as part of the Navy’s deep submergence program, including as Commanding Officer of the Trieste II. He participated in searches for the USS Thresher, the USS Scorpion and various classified items lost at sea including a hydrogen bomb and a reel of surveillance film dropped from a US spy satellite. The family learned about the classified missions after they were declassified and appeared in various publications – Buzz still would not confirm or deny! Betsy finds it ironic that the Navy paid him to find small items in big oceans when she had to find everything for him in his own house!


Buzz and Betsy retired to Fenwick Island, Delaware where they quickly became part of the community. Buzz served on the Fenwick Island Town Council and various committees and volunteered for the Center for the Inland Bays, the James Farm and as a water quality monitor for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Buzz was an oyster gardener before it was in vogue and a regular participant as well as leader of many beach clean ups.


Buzz was an active member of Ocean View Presbyterian Church where much of his time and energy was spent working behind the scenes as a leader of the Building and Grounds committee as he had at Bush Hill Presbyterian in northern Virginia. He enjoyed volunteering with Christmas in April and Habitat for Humanity. A true servant leader, Buzz earned the respect of those he worked with, those he worked for and those who worked for him by rolling up his sleeves and doing whatever needed to be done. Yes, he could still bark orders to the end, but they were only barked to get the job done. If Buzz said he would take care of it – you know it would be done.


A gracious host, Buzz enjoyed having family and friends over and always stocked everyone’s favorite beverages. He and Betsy threw some memorable parties throughout the years, including a particularly lively evening with crew members from a Peruvian submarine and a lot of limbo dancing. Buzz valued friendships with former shipmates and neighbors across the country, USNA classmates, Bush Hill friends, the Ocean View men’s breakfast group and the Fenwick Island Usual Suspects. He will be missed by all who had the privilege to know him. We will always hear him - loud, clear and ungarbled!


Plans for a COVID responsible service and remembrances are in the works.

Donations in Buzz’s memory can be made to The Dolphin Scholarship Foundation;

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays; Delaware Hospice; or Ocean View Presbyterian Church.

www.melsonfuneralservices.com


7/29/20

Death of a Classmate - Lyle F. Storrer - 1st Co.



Lyle F. Storrer, 89, of Traverse City, MI and formerly of Montpelier, passed away on July 6, 2020. He was born on September 19, 1930 in Montpelier to Adolph and Mildred M. (Wueger) Storrer. Lyle graduated from Montpelier High School in 1949 and spent two years at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He honorably served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War. On July 5, 1953 he married Joyce A. Echler in Montpelier.
Lyle retired from Winco Industries in Tipp City in 1994. Prior to retirement, he was the past president and C.E.O. of Mohawk Tools in Montpelier until 1987. After retirement, Lyle had his own consulting firm until 2001. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Montpelier and was a Mason and Worshipful Waster in the Blue Lodge in Montpelier and also a member of the Zenobia Shrine in Toledo. Lyle was also a former member of the Montpelier Park Board.
Lyle is survived by his wife, Joyce A. Storrer of Traverse City; two children, Brian (Holly) Storrer of Medford, OR and Bobbianne (Lee) Grant of Oldsmar, FL; seven grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren and one brother, Robert Storrer of Montpelier.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren, Megan and Joseph Grant.
Lyle will be laid to rest at Riverside Cemetery in Montpelier. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Montpelier or Montpelier Parks and Recreation.
Thompson-Funeral Home - East Main St.
204 East Main Street
Montpelier, OH 43543

7/18/20

Death of a Classmate - Ralph Jerry High - 5th Co.



Ralph Jerry High  (APRIL 13, 1931 – JUNE 16, 2020)
Ralph Jerold High (Jerry), 89, of Austin, Tx followed his dear wife into the arms of our wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 16, 2020 just seven weeks after her home going. He was preceded by his brother, Vance E. High. He leaves behind a sister, Lorraine Minton of Oak Creek, WI; his children Mark (Nellome) High of Leander, TX and Debbie (Frank) Edwards of Austin, TX.; grandchildren Brett (Barbara) Edwards of Houston, TX, Josh (Jessica) Edwards of Leander, TX and Alexandra High of College Station, TX; great grandchildren Bradley and Blake Edwards; nephews Scott (Rae Ann) High, Dean High, Terry Minton, Todd Minton, and Donald (Kim) Garver; nieces Kathy (Al) Immel, Lauree Minton, Alexandra Marshall, Donna (John) Pugh, and many great nieces and nephews. Honorary grandchildren: Matthew Ochs, Melissa Ochs Trammell and Lisa James.
Jerry was born in Oshkosh, WI to Ralph E. and Ellen (Testin) High on April 13, 1931. He grew up in the small town of Waupaca known for its 22 spring-fed lakes. Jerry was a Boy Scout growing up earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He was raised in the Methodist Church and attended Lawrence College (now Lawrence University) before entering the Naval Academy where he graduated in 1954. He was very athletic playing wide receiver in football, basketball center and ran track and field holding records in the high jump for many decades. The Air Force needed pilots and the prospect of extra pay lured him away from the Navy and he entered a career in the Air Force as a B-52 pilot among other jobs. He spent four years working at NATO in Brussels, Belgium and then finished his career at the Pentagon. He retired after 24 years and came to Austin, TX in 1978. He worked at Ragsdale airport as a flight instructor before settling down with Christianson Plumbing Company as their corporate pilot. He stayed with them in a number of capacities for many years before retiring a second time. Jerry was very involved at Grace Community Bible Church for the past 42 years. He came to faith in Christ through the preaching of Billy Graham and with a new-found love for the Lord, he served in many capacities: deacon, elder, choir, men's quartet, pianist, missions director, nursery volunteer, men's Bible studies, plus many others. He helped build their first building, was there whenever the doors were open and was always willing to help where needed. Having a truck, he has helped countless people move even into his late 80's to the chagrin of certain family members! Jerry was well-known as being a true gentleman, generous, good humored and had a dry wit that was loved by all who knew him. His absence among us will be greatly missed and we look forward to the day when we will be reunited because of our faith in Jesus Christ!
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home
9700 Anderson Mill Road
Austin, TX 78750
512-335-1155

7/15/20

WHEN THE JAP FELT THE BARB - Dick Raymond's July Poem

                                                                    
                    

                                 WHEN THE JAP FELT THE BARB 

                 The Railroad Raiders, 23 July 1945

 

            There was a pigboat skipper, and his name was Eugene Fluckey,

            His boat and husky crewmen smote the Rising Sun full sore—

            They called their captain "Lucky", and for sure the guy was plucky,

            He fought in shallow waters where few had gone before.           


            His fifth and final war patrol was carried out with gumption,

            They'd sunk a passel of Maru' s, yet there was more to do—

            And now they had a daring plan for Samurai's consumption,

            "Let's go ashore and wreck a train!" applauded by the crew.

 

            He needed eight, all volunteers--they had to be unmarried,

            Equal Reserve and Regular, and former Boy Scouts, too--

            Electrics to be jury-rigged, explosives to be carried,

            And rubber boats to paddle, they were gallant, yet so few.

 

            The raiding party went ashore one dark and cloudy night,

            They targeted a nearby track, and planted TNT,

            One savvy electrician's mate knew how to do it right,

            Then silently they stole away, and headed out to sea.

 

            Oho! Here came a lonesome train, its engine bravely chuffing,

            The raiders paddled hard and fast, in haste to go aboard,

            Then, WHOOM! the night exploded, locomotive lost its stuffing,

            The cars behind were cinders, and the scrap like rockets  soared!

 

 

 

7/14/20

Death of a Classmate - Charles R. Greene - 15th Co.



Charles R. Greene of Bristol, died Thursday May 28, 2020 at home.
He was the husband of the late Joan (LaFerriere) Greene.
Charles was born in Evansville, Indiana a son of the late Charles R. and Sybil (Corn) Greene.
Mr. Greene was a Software Engineer for the ORI Corporation, programming Missile Firing Systems.
He was a United States Naval Veteran, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander after fifteen years of service.
He was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Mr. Green has been a Bristol resident since 1964, coming from Norwich Ct.
He enjoyed his HAM Radio, and was a member of the mars club, he also volunteered for the American Red Cross.
Mr. Greene was the father of Jonathan Greene of Bristol and Erica Medley of Portsmouth.
He was the grandfather of 7 and the great grandfather of 3.
Charles was the brother of the late Wanda (Greene).
His funeral service will be held Friday June 5, 2020 at 10:30 am in the Chapel of the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery,301 South County Trail, Exeter.
Burial with Military Honors will follow.

7/11/20

Death of a Classmate - Richard "Dick" Tillman Gaskill - 4th Co.


Richard "Dick" Tillman Gaskill  (MARCH 18, 1932 – JULY 2, 2020)
Richard "Dick" Tillman Gaskill died on 2 July 2020 in his home in Pensacola, Florida. Richard epitomized the "Greatest Generation" ethos of God, Country, Family.
Richard was born in Dallas, Texas, on 18 March 1932, to Grace Gaskill (Tillman) and Oscar Alexander Gaskill. To avoid the polio epidemic and for better schools, his mother moved the family to Marshall, Texas, where Richard excelled at academics and tennis, and earned the Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts. When he was 12 years old, to help his family financially he delivered newspapers on his bicycle before school and delivered Western Union telegrams after school. From his first paycheck until the day she died, Richard sent his mother part of every paycheck he received.
After graduating from Marshall High School in 1948, Richard won a scholarship to Texas A&M University and studied Electrical Engineering before entering the US Naval Academy (Class of 1954). After graduating near the top of his class and as company commander, Richard began training in jet aircraft. At this time he attended a Louisiana State University football game dance where he met the love of his life Diane Chachere Gaskill. After the dance, Diane told her father she had met the man she was going to marry. They were married on 11 June 1955 and remained together for 64 years until Diane's death in 2019.
From 1958 to 1963, Richard served as an attack pilot with VA-15 and VA-12, and as a flight instructor at NAS Cecil Field, Florida. A skilled tennis player, he won the 1962 All-Navy Tennis Singles Championship. In 1965, he earned a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of California.
In 1967, Richard reported to VA-22 at NAS Lemoore. He was VA-22 Operations Officer, Executive Officer and then Commanding Officer. He deployed to Vietnam several times and flew over 200 combat missions. A natural leader, he cared for his men and always led from the front.
Richard was selected by Adm. Rickover for the Navy nuclear power program and after successfully completing it reported to USS Enterprise (CVN-65) as Executive Officer.
In 1974, Richard reported to the USS Concord (AFS-5) as Commanding Officer and under his command Concord won the Battle Efficiency "E", Engineering "E", and Ney Award. In 1976, Captain Gaskill assumed command of the USS Nimitz (CVN-68).
After leaving the Nimitz, Richard was the first of his class to be promoted to Rear Admiral. Admiral Gaskill served in the Pentagon as Director, Military Political Policy (OP-61), before retiring in 1981 as a Rear Admiral.
After retiring from the Navy, Richard and Diane settled in Pensacola, Florida, and traveled the world extensively visiting every continent except the Antarctic. He loved being with his grandchildren, teaching them to ride bicycles, play tennis, and to throw a football and baseball. He frequently included them on trips to Africa, Europe, and around the United States.
When not traveling, Richard taught at the US Naval War College, was Vice President of a regional bank, and earned an MBA.
He and Diane were active Christians and were 2 of the founders of Perdido Bay United Methodist Church in Pensacola, Florida. They were also very active in Pensacola First United Methodist Church and Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church.
Richard is survived by his sister Betty Brown of Dayton, Texas, daughter Debra, son Dodge, son David and his wife Donna, grandson Richard, granddaughters Katherine and Mary, and great grandchildren Lilli, Aunaleah, and Elias.
Richard will be buried next to his beloved wife Diane in Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton, Texas.
Earthman Baytown Funeral Home
3919 Garth Road
Baytown, TX 77521
281-422-8181

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7/7/20

Death of a Classmate - Charles E. Powell Col. USAF (RET) - 4th Co.


On the wings of angels, retired Air Force Colonel Charles E. Powell completed his final mission on July 2, 2020. Born on May 7, 1931 in Nashville, Arkansas, Charles grew up in Nashville, met his future wife, and graduated with her from Nashville High School in 1949. He started college at Arkansas College and transferred to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD where he graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering and was commissioned into the United States Air Force.
His 30-year Air Force career began with pilot training at Spence Air Base, Georgia in 1954 and he graduated training at Reese AFB, Texas in 1955. From there, flying SC-54s C-124s, KB50Js and HC-130s, his missions spanned the globe, supporting trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific deployments of tactical forces, aerial refueling missions supporting reconnaissance activities in the Cuban Missile Crisis and finally, volunteering to serve in Vietnam where he was a Rescue Crew Commander and Airborne Mission Commander. In Vietnam, Col. Powell flew 168 combat missions and was credited with 14 combat "saves." He also participated in the planning and execution of the Son Tay POW Camp raid. Across his career he logged over 6.700 flying hours and was awarded a multitude of medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Legions of Merit, Air Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal with a Bronze Star, RVN Gallantry Cross with Palm, and Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Stars.
In addition to flying missions, during his military career Col. Powell served in a variety of positions including flight instructor, Plans and Programs Officer in the Directorate of Doctrine, Concepts and Objectives at USAF Headquarters, and Director of Curriculum, then Vice-Commandant at the Air Command and Staff College and Chief of Staff of Air University. During this time, he also earned a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering with distinction from the University of Pittsburgh, His final appointment on June 24, 1980 was to command the 3480th Technical Training Wing, Goodfellow AFB, Texas.
They say the sum of one's life is the mark they leave upon the world. Charles Powell had already made his mark in the military world, but retirement from the Air Force proved he was just getting started. There were many more marks to make. When he and his wife, JoAnne, retired in San Angelo, Texas, Charles wasted little time before becoming a pillar of the community. He worked in banking and investments, first at Southwest Bank of San Angelo where he formed and directed the SWB Investment Centre, Inc., and then with Wells Fargo where he chaired the Community Bank Board.
And while banking and investments were his livelihood, his heart went out to making his community a better place to live. He served on practically every board in San Angelo at one time or another including United Way of the Concho Valley (President and Campaign Chairman), Leadership San Angelo, Boy Scouts of Southwest Texas, Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP), Fort Concho, American Heart Association, Project Janus, Inc., San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, and San Angelo Economic Development Task Force, to name a few. He also held positions on statewide boards including United Way of Texas and Texas Aviation Advisory Committee. But he never forgot his roots, giving his time and expertise to military issues including GAFB Coordinating Committee on BRAC issues, Congressman Mike Conaway's Military Academy Nominating Board, and the P4 Initiative, a local military/civilian partnership to streamline the use of public resources.
Col. Charles Powell left his mark on San Angelo in the same way he left his mark on the military, and because of his efforts, he was honored for them, as well. He was named "Citizen of the Year" by the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce (1982), received the "Distinguished Citizen of the Year" award from the Boy Scouts of Southwest Texas (2015), inducted as an Honorary CMSgt" by Goodfellow Air Force Base (2016), and honored as "Veteran of the Year" at Angelo State University (2019). He also received statewide recognition for his work on airport infrastructure in San Angelo, receiving the "Road Hand Award" from the Texas Department of Transportation (2005), the first one awarded in TxDOT's 35-year history for work in "Aviation Activities in Texas."
A man of integrity, determination, honor, faith and love for others, Charles Powell left his mark wherever he went. At the end of his final mission, he will hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
He is survived by his wife, JoAnne, his daughter Teresa Anne McKinney and husband, Bryan of Flower Mound, TX, two grandchildren Dr. Colin Bryan Powell McKinney of Crawfordsville, IN, and Caitlin Brooke McKinney Cannady and husband, Jeremy, of San Angelo, TX, two nieces and a number of cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Alford Jackson Powell and Maggie Mae Powell Cowling, his in-laws Brooks & Iva Mae McAdams, brother-in-law James Brooks (Jim) Jim McAdams.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 7th from 4:30 to 7:00 pm at Harper Funeral Home, San Angelo, TX. Masks are required.
The funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 8th at 10:00 am at Johnson Street Church of Christ also in San Angelo. Masks are also required for the service.
The burial service will follow immediately at Fairmount Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rust Street Ministries, Hospice of San Angelo or a charity of your choice.
The family is forever grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers and offers of assistance from so many within the community of San Angelo, Tom Green County and the Concho Valley communities.
Special thanks to the doctors and staff of Shannon Medical Center and all the staff of West Texas Rehab's Hospice of San Angelo for their care and support.
Family and friends may share condolences and sign the online register book at www.harper-funeralhome.com

7/4/20

Death of a Classmate - RADM Richard T. Gaskill - 4th Co.



The following post was made on the Class Website by David Gaskill:

I am sad to inform you that RADM Richard T. Gaskill, Class of 1954, died on 2 July 2020 at his home in Pensacola, Florida. His wife, Diane, passed away last year. He will be buried in Dayton, Texas, next to his beloved wife.  

6/18/20

Death of a Classmate - Lt. General Aloysius G. Casey (Ret.) - 16th Co.




Lt. General Aloysius G. Casey (Ret.) passed away at home on June 10, 2020 from heart complications. He was comforted by his son Matt, and daughter-in-law Nancy. He was born at home in Childs, PA on March 1, 1932 to Mary Margaret (Malia) Casey, and Joseph John Casey. He had seven brothers and sisters, and is survived by three of his sisters, Julie McGuinness, Jean Smith, and Anne Roe. He was predeceased by brothers Paul R. Casey, M.D., Lt. Joseph J. Casey, U.S.A., and sisters Sr. Rosemary T. Casey, IHM, and Catherine E. Price, R.N. He was also predeceased in 2012 by his beloved wife of 57 years Mary Patricia (Casey) Casey of Washington D.C.

Having grown up in a large Irish-American family, he learned the benefits of a strong work ethic and deep family values early in life. He graduated from Saint Rose High School (in Carbondale, PA) in 1949 with an aptitude for quantitative analysis. After completing a year at the University of Scranton, he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. He was commissioned in 1954 as a second lieutenant. After a few years of active duty working on various engineering assignments, he was assigned to navigation training and active flight duty in a nuclear armed B-47 bomber. He flew on alert status as a part of the U.S. nuclear arsenal during the cold war.  Subsequently, he received an appointment to attend the Air Force Institute of Technology, completing a Masters of Science degree in astronautics. He was a professional engineer (P.E.), licensed in aeronautics. With this technical training he began a 34-year career alternating between assignments in space and missile development, and active flight duty. He completed a tour of combat-duty in Vietnam as a member of the flight crew of the AC-119K night-flying gunship. In all he flew 130 "blacked out" combat missions conducting road interdiction as the navigator in this side-firing gunship. 

In missile development, he worked on various rocket-development programs for the Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), and led the full-scale development of the Peacekeeper missile as the MX program manager. As commander of the Air Force Space Division in Los Angeles, he was responsible for research, design, development, acquisition of space launch's, command and control, and satellite systems. He was called upon by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) accident review board, to provide testimony relative to the Space Shuttle Columbia accident. He was involved in several airplane developments including the B-1 bomber, and the A-10 "Warthog."


General Casey was a master navigator with more than 3,000 flying hours, and wore the Master Missile Badge. His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster. He was awarded the 1984 Dr. Theodore Von Karman Award for his contributions to science and engineering, and he received the Air Force Eugene M. Zuckert Management Award for his outstanding management of key Air Force missile programs. Upon retirement from the Air Force (1988), he continued working by accepting a position as chairman of National Technical System (NTS) an aerospace testing company and as a member of the Slay Group which provided technical services to the aerospace industry. 


Having left the rigors of the military life behind, he and Patricia spent summers at their cabin in Northeast Pennsylvania. They spent these latter years participating in the lives of their grandchildren on both coasts.


General Casey is survived by three sons: Matthew P. Casey (Yucaipa, CA), Joseph G. and Donna L. Casey (Chester Springs, PA), and Patrick A. and Nancy R. Casey (Archbald, PA), 9 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren,  4 step-great-grandchildren.


General Casey was an active cyclist and runner. He maintained a membership in the local bicycle club, the Redlands Water Bottle Transit Co. When in California, he frequently ran with the Loma Linda Lopers, and over his lifetime he logged thousands of miles on his bicycle, and completed 113 marathons.

General Casey devoted his life to his wife, his family and his country.  Among his personal papers was a quote from Goodbye, Mr. Chips: "In the evening of my life I shall look to the sunset; at the moment in my life when the night is due.  And the question I shall ask only I can answer.  Was I brave and strong and true?  And did I fill the world with love my whole life through?"


General Casey will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery on a date not yet scheduled, and a memorial Mass will be held at St. Rose of Lima, Carbondale, PA on Saturday October 3, 2020 at 11:00 AM. Further arrangements for a celebration of life in Redlands, CA are forthcoming from Emmerson-Bartlett, 703 Brookside Avenue Redlands, CA 92373.