YOUNGSTOWN – Robert Emmett “Bob” Casey, 77, of the city’s West Side, died early Monday morning June 7, 2021 at Hospice House from complications of Parkinson’s disease surrounded by the love of his family and his friends.
Bob was born June 21, 1943 in Youngstown, the son of the late Michael Emmett Casey and Winifred Kelley Casey. He grew up in the southern part of town and has lived in the neighborhood all his life.
Mr. Casey attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School and graduated in 1961 from Cardinal Mooney High School. He proudly served in the military, where he developed his photography skills and compassion for others while serving as an army photographer.
Bob attended John Carroll University and Youngstown State University. He worked as a photographer, which he loved very much, in his home business, “Casey’s Studio”, and he also worked for the General Electric Apparatus Shop and the Youngstown Service Shop. He then worked for the Youngstown Wastewater Treatment Plant, from where he retired.
Bob has been active in various organizations across the community. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, 3rd and 4th degree, and in 1996 he received the “Robert E. Casey Family of the Year” award by the Marian Council No. 3813 in Campbell. He was also a member of the Catholic Fraternal Organization of the Old Order of Hibernians and was a former member of the Holy Name Society of St. Matthias Parish, where he and his first wife married and raised their three children as members.
Mr. Casey loved vintage cars and was a former member of the Model T Ford Club, Cool Time Cruisers, and Youngstown Rod & Custom Club. He also enjoyed fishing, boating, wildlife, and almost any outdoor activity. In his youth, Bob was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America, traveling with his troop out west by train to restore boats.
He was a member of St. Brendan Church in Youngstown.
Bob leaves his wife, Mary Lou Cleary Casey, whom he married on December 7, 2002; two daughters, Maureen Casey of Boardman and Colleen (David) Grager of Streetsboro; his son, Brian Casey of San Diego; six grandchildren, David (Dr. Amanda Fehlbaum) Grager, Corey Casey, Evan Grager, Charles Grager, Olivia Wamsley and Katherine Wamsley; and three sisters, Ellen Hyland of Liberty Township, Edna Zaitzew of Boardman, and Elizabeth Kouttab of Gainesville, Virginia.
Mr. Casey also leaves behind two stepdaughters, Karen DaGrava of Baltimore, Maryland and Deb (Brian) Riley of Alexandria, Virginia; seven step-grandchildren, Kaitlin DaGrava, Brandon DaGrava, Sarah Riley, Sophia DaGrava, Ethan Riley, Ryan DaGrava and Tucker Riley; four step-great-grandchildren, Treycen, Landyn, Madeline “Scout” and Xander; Dale Wamsley, who was like a son to Bob; and several nieces, nephews and godchildren whom he loved dearly.
His first wife, Marie Elena Gura Casey, whom he married on September 11, 1965, died on November 5, 1993. His stepfather and stepmother, Lawrence C. and Olga Kimack Gura, also died.
Family and friends can call 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.
Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at the funeral home and will continue with a Christian funeral mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Brendan Church, 2800 Oakwood Ave., Youngstown.
To those who cannot pay homage in person or are uncomfortable doing so, please keep Bob and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Burial services with military honors will follow the church service and take place at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.
Special thanks to Bob’s family, Paula West of Visiting Angels and her grandson, Corey, both of whom were Bob’s caregivers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made on Bob’s behalf at Hospice House, in the care of Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512; or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research via www.parkinson.org/ways-to-give.
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