W. John Kasper, 87, of Morse, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at the Solon Nursing Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 15 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Solon, with the Rev. James Vrba officiating. Burial followed in St. Joseph Cemetery, Iowa City.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Mary’s Church in Solon or Solon Fire and First Responders.
John was born Aug. 1, 1925, in Morse, the son of Joseph and Charlotte “Lottie” (Krall) Kasper.
Growing up on the family farm near Morse, he graduated from Iowa City High School. John married Magdalen “Mag” Lenoch Feb. 12, 1947, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City.
John farmed all of his life and the family always enjoyed their travels to Minnesota and Wisconsin– especially the fishing. John and Mag continued these trips to the north woods after their children were raised. Trips to the Iowa State Fair were a favorite and in later years, the couple wintered in Port Aransas, Texas for several years.
Survivors include his wife Mag of Solon; children, Linda Johnson (Dwayne “Jay”) of Iowa City, Barbara Kruzic of Nevada, Patricia Spevacek (Gary) of Iowa City and Ed Kasper (Lisa) of Roland; 11 grandchildren, Amanda, Cole, Jason, Jacob, Rachel, Amy, Tamara,Travis, Brian, Mike and Katie and 11 great-grandchildren.
John was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Lorna Sanger and her husband Lester, a brother Joe and his wife Amelia and a niece Mary DiViggiano.
On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.lensingfuneral.com .