Roger John Casey Sr., 85, of Chisholm, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Heritage Manor Health Care Center in Chisholm.
He was born Dec. 21, 1927, in Chisholm to Roy E. and Verna V. (Lade) Casey. He was a lifelong Chisholm and Side Lake resident. Roger was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Press-Lloyd American Legion Post 247 in Chisholm.
Roger was united in marriage on Dec. 27, 1948, to Florence M. “Honey” Kern. He attended Hibbing Junior College and graduated from North Dakota State University (NDSU) College of Pharmacy in 1956. He received his North Dakota license in 1956 and his Minnesota license in 1958. He returned to Chisholm to work for his father and run the family business. Casey Drug was started in 1903 by Edmund Casey and has continued through five generations: Roy, Roger, Tim and now, Alida. He received the Jr. Chamber “Spoke” award; served on the Chisholm School Board for five years; served on the Chisholm Recreation Board, and was instrumental in integrating the city and school recreation programs; past member of Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, Chisholm Hospital Board director, Drum and Bugle Corps and Hibbing Jr. College Board director. He was a member of Chisholm Baptist Church. His favorite pastime was planting and nurturing trees at his Sandy Ridge Tree Farm in Side Lake. He enjoyed playing with his children and grandchildren and watching them participate in sports, arts, academic and outdoor activities.
He was a wonderful and caring individual who will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his children: Kendra Casey of Chisholm, Roger Jr. (Jacqueline) of Scandia, Minn., Joseph (Virginia) of Merrifield, Minn., Tim (Patricia) of Side Lake, Jill (James) Varichak of Side Lake, Genie (Keith) Turner of Esko, Minn., and Roy II (Dea) of Oxbow, N.D.; grandchildren: Jennifer, Roger III, Jacob, Patrick (Sharmin), Rebecca (Chris), Christopher (Emily), Austin, Kyle (Sara), John, Lee (Kat), Emily (Josh), Hannah (Paul), Alida (Kyle), Bess, Sigrid, Aden, Julie (Ryan), Jaime, Joseph (Jennifer), Claudia, Jaxson, Eve, Mikaela and Ty; great-grandchildren: Ashley, Josiah, Kyle, Chloe, Caleb, Hunter, Cole, Devon, Seth, Moses, Rosa Poppi, Zetta, Dedrick, Holden and Estella; twin sister, Gene Cusack of Venice, Fla.; sister-in-law, Connie Casey of Brooklyn Center, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Florence M. “Honey” on Oct. 12, 2011; and brothers, Hugh and Robert.
Funeral: Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Chisholm Baptist Church with the Revs. Dan Erickson and Ron Anderson officiating.
Visitation: Will be held for one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.
Burial: Inurnment will be in Chisholm Cemetery this summer.
Arrangements are with Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Chisholm. To sign the guest book online and leave a memorial message, go to www.ruppfuneralhome.com.