Kenneth L. Casper Sr., a long time resident of Toledo, passed away in the Corvallis hospital on November 24th from complications following surgery. Kenny (as every one called him) was born Dec. 24th 1939 in Riverside, CA to Kenneth P. Casper and Mary B. Mitchell. Kenny attended school in all 12 grades in Toledo, later lettering in track and football and graduating from Toledo High School in 1958.
When the GP paper mill opened in 1958, he went right to work along with other graduates, retiring in 1996. On Feb. 11, 1961, Kenny married Audrey Whitlow of Siletz and shortly after he enlisted in the Navy rather than be drafted. During the Vietnam conflict, Kenny spent 4 years and 4 months in the Navy serving on the USS King DLG 10, a destroyer leader with guided missiles. Upon returning home, he settled in Siletz. Kenny loved the outdoors, whether it was with his granddaughters roaming around the farm, fixing fences, watching for moles to puff, or deer and elk hunting.
An accident in May of 2000 made it hard for him to go hunt alone, but that did not stop him. His nephew Little Ray (Kosydar) would accompany Kenny and help him carry out deer or elk. In his later years, Kenny traveled almost every year to a new destination with his wife, her siblings and their spouses. Kenny’s last road trip was last May to all Federal Parks in the State of Washington. His favorite was a month long trip to New York State in 2015, but mainly to see Niagara Falls on the Canadian side of the falls.
Kenny was a member of the AWPPW Union for GP, where he held the office of trustee and shop steward, an officer for the VFW, and an active member of Siletz Valley Grange. Kenneth L. Casper is survived by his wife Audrey; children Kelsie Thielen (Gregory) and Kenneth L. Casper II of Pendleton; brother Douglas Casper (Mary) of Harrisburg. He will be missed by his 4 granddaughters, 2 grandsons and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life for Kenny will be held at the Siletz Valley Grange January 18th, 2020 starting at 1:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Siletz Chapter of the VFW