AURELIUS — Joseph Charles Casper, 87, of Aurelius, and formerly of Scipio, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, June 15, 2019, at The Commons on Saint Anthony, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Auburn, the son of the late Joseph and Mary Kinney Casper, and had been an area life resident. Joseph was an East High School graduate, class of 1950. He was a Korean War veteran having served our country honorably in the Coast Guard. In more recent years, he was instrumental in the development of the Veterans Memorial Park in Auburn. He was a communicant of St. Alphonsus Church, and a Knights of Columbus member, Council 207. Joseph was employed by The Citizen for more than 30 years, and owned and operated the Economy Print Shop in the 1960s and early 1970s. He retired from the Cayuga County Support Collection Unit after several years of service. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Bored to Death Gang, and a lifetime member of the Scipio Volunteer Fire Department. Joseph was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed traveling with his wife and family. He was very happy to have been able to visit every U.S. state, every province in Canada, several European countries, and South Korea. Joseph enjoyed his farm and loved to show his prized chickens at numerous poultry shows. Joseph cherished, above everything, the times he was able to spend with his family. He will be sadly missed by family and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Eileen Lenhart Casper, of Aurelius; their four children, Charles (Barbara) Casper, of Fleming, James (Janet) Casper, of Owasco, Jeanne (Stanley) Jakaub, of Aurelius, and Dr. Theresa (Vincent Klock) Casper-Klock, of Aurelius; 11 grandchildren, Zachary Casper, Maia Casper, Raymond (Jessica) Casper, Karl Casper, Martin Casper, Stanley (Nichole) Jakaub III, Susan Jakaub, Andrew Klock, Peter Klock, Eric (Amelia) Klock, and Cynthia Klock; and great-granddaughter, Abigail Marie Jakaub. He is also survived by his brother, William Casper, of Poland, N.Y., and sisters, Catherine Guter, of Auburn, Mary (John) Szozda, of Auburn, and Anne Marie (Edward) Leroux, of Sodus.
In addition to his parents, Joseph was predeceased by two grandsons, Thaddeus and Joseph C. Casper II, and a great-granddaughter, Leah Rose Jakaub.
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Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. this Wednesday at Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn. Friends and relatives are invited to join the family for Joseph’s Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. this Thursday in St. Alphonsus Church. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
Contributions may be made in Joseph’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff at The Commons on St. Anthony for the warm, compassionate, and professional care that they provided during Joe’s stay.