Don Jackson Casey
Don Jackson Casey, age 90, Lee’s Summit, passed away July 7, 2013 in Lee’s Summit.
Don was born Feb. 5, 1923 in Mountain Home, Ark., the son of Don Jackson Casey and Lillie Dane (Hoffman) Casey. A graduate of Springfield High School, Don served three years in the Fourth Infantry of the Army during World War II. He participated in the D Day Landing and the Battle of the Bulge.
On June 5, 1949, Don was united in marriage to the love of his life, Louise Brodhacker of Springfield, Mo.
A 1952 graduate of the University of Missouri Engineering Program and a Professional Engineer, Don worked for Western Electric for most of his career. Don was a member of the Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church since 1958. Don was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Lee’s Summit, for which he had served as President in 2005-06. Don enjoyed people, music, art, math, nature, design, engineering, solving problems and improving things. He loved musical instruments, and could not pass a piano without playing it. He tuned pianos and rebuilt many keyboard instruments and stringed instruments.
Don was friendly and encouraging to everyone he encountered. He was optimistic and affirming. He was gentle and sensitive. He would unarm people with his humor and was prone to make word puns. He talked to every dog he saw. He whistled to birds and they would answer. He held hands with his wife like they were newlyweds. He had a strong faith in his relationship with his Creator. He was a faithfully devoted husband for 64 years. He shared a bond with his wife that he knew would continue throughout eternity. He was a proud and generous father and grandfather. He had a love and zest for life, and a faith in the goodness of God that sustained him through many hardships.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Durwood Brandt, and his infant grandson, Finian Brock.
He is survived by his loving wife, Louise Casey, sons; David Casey, Overland Park, Kan. and Paul Casey (Jeannie), Brentwood, Tenn.; a daughter, Jill Brock (Bob) Lee’s Summit, a sister, Irene Underwood, (Bill) Springfield, Mo. and a brother, John Casey, (Nancy) of St. Louis, a sister-in-law, Louise Brandt of Tucson, Ariz., three grandchildren; Jenessa, Austin and Cameron; eight nieces and nephews and many dear friends. He is deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., July 12 at the Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church and burial in the Lee’s Summit Cemetery. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. July 12 at the church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church Music Program.
(Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW Third St, Lee’s Summit, MO., 64063, 816-524-3700.)