Obituary

Walter J. Casey

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died May 26th, 2017

Walter J. “Jack” Casey, 87, of Escanaba, passed away early Friday morning May 26, 2017, at OSF St. Francis Hospital.

He was born on April 14, 1930, in Escanaba, MI, son of Walter and Agnes (Michaud) Casey. He was raised in Wells and was a graduate of Escanaba High School. He also attended Cloverland College for two years where he studied Electronics.

Jack served in the National Guard and then was deployed into the Marines until his honorable discharge in 1953. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.

On December 12, 1951, Jack married Patricia Moreau at All Saints Church in Gladstone. Together they shared over 67 years together.

Jack was first employed with the City of Escanaba as a fireman and later became a public safety officer. He worked several years as an independent television and appliance repairman, set up voting machines for Delta County, and also for Chicago Northwestern Railroad as a brakeman. He was truly a “Jack of all trades”.

He was a skilled wood carver and enjoyed fishing, camping, and world traveling. Jack and Pat wintered in the Gulf Shores for many years. The times he enjoyed the most were attending his grandchildren’s events and being with his family.

Jack was an active member of St. Joseph and St. Patrick Church where he was a Eucharistic Minister and an Altar Server. He was a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, and was a member of the Elks Lodge 354 and AmVets.

Jack is survived by his wife, Patricia of Escanaba; children, David (Gail) of Kingsford, Mary Beth Smith of DePere, WI, Michael (Debra) of Escanaba, Steven (Marcia) of Green Bay, Gayle (Jay) DeShambo of Escanaba and Rick (Nanette) of Green Bay; grandchildren, Patrick, Eric, Danielle, Brent, Katherine, Ryan, Kelly, Kristie, Matthew, Sarah, Casey and Leah; several step grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother, Lawrence “Bud” Casey; brother in law, Richard Moreau; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Patrick Joseph; grandson, Mitchel Jon; sister, Joanne (William) Berro; father and mother in-laws, Joseph and Esther Moreau; and sisters in law, Donna Moreau, Janet Ryan and Marlene Casey.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 30th from 2 – 4:30 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. Military rites will be at 3 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 5 p.m. at St. Joseph and St. Patrick Church with Rev. Eric Olson and Rev. Rick Courier officiating. A meal will follow in the church hall.

Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Casey family.

7 Tributes to “Walter J. Casey”

  1. Auntie Pat and family.
    So sorry to hear about uncle jack he’s resting now you all have my deepest sympathy.

  2. He was one of the best people I ever knew and the best example of how to live a good life. So happy I got to tell him I loved him one last time.

  3. My Uncle Jack was a great person and saint he had more power in prayer than anyone else I have ever known. He would give you his last dollar if you needed it. My mom (Joanne) loved her brother(s) and now they are almost all together again. Thanks Uncle Jack for all the televisions, washer and dryers you fixed through the years for our family. Thank You for serving in the United States Marine corps and being a part of the Law Enforcement family. I Love You and Auntie Pat and I will remember what a great and powerful person you are and will always be. My prayers are with you and the rest of your family. Thanks for all the great talks. Love Karen Berro and Brian Heinz

  4. I remember SO MANY wonderful, fun times with Mr. & Mrs. Casey and the kids, having lived across the street from them. What a special family – and special friends to my Mom & Dad. Thank you for being an example to all of us in the neighborhood, I always admired and looked up to both of you. I’m so sorry this good man is gone from this earth, but happy for him that he’s in his splendid, heavenly home now. Until we all meet again – it will be like North 16th Street once again. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4) Much love to all of you!

  5. To all the Casey Family and those of you that I know personally, namely Gayle and Mary. I offer my sincere condolences to you all! Two of our sons worked with your Dad at Sears and we always heard what a great guy he was. Joe has known him for a long time, also. He will be one of the 4th degree knights standing guard today in his honor. I will not be able to attend but wanted you to know that he is in my prayers, as well! God be with you all as you lay your Dad to rest and in the coming days! He truly was a great guy!!

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. Jack was an amazing man who I held very dear to my heart. I will never forget all the praying he did with Francis and my mom (Sandy Boucher). I was so happy to be able to visit with him the last few weeks at Bishop Noa. I can imagine the reunion in Heaven he had with all the loved ones that went before him. I have to work all day today so will not be able to attend funeral but you will all be in my prayers.

  7. He was one of the best people I ever knew and the best example of how to live a good life. So happy I got to tell him I loved him one last time.

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