Published in Kansas
City Star on February 3, 2013
Cassing, a member of the Ascension Lutheran Church in Raytown, went to
be with his Lord on Feb. 1, 2013.
Visitation will be Tues. Feb 5 from 5- 7PM at Floral Hills Funeral Home.
Services will be on Wed at 10AM with burial and military honors to follow.
Cass was born on Aug. 2, 1926, and grew up in Concordia, MO, earning a
BS of Ed from CMSU in Warrensburg in 1951 where he lettered in multiple
sports. He was President of the CMSU Alumni Association twice and active
in the University's Hall of Fame selection committee.
He earned lifetime membership recognition in both organizations, and was
inducted into the CMSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
Cass was a long-time member and promoter of the Raytown community, where
he lived since 1951. Cass was a teacher and coach at Raytown High School
from 1951-54 until he started selling sporting goods.
He was a member of many organizations in Raytown ranging from the Raytown
Jaycees, Raytown Sertoma Club, and was president two separate times, the
Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce, serving twice as chairman of its board
and received the Man of the Year award in 1990, he chaired Raytown Night
at the Royals baseball game for the last 23 years, a member of the Raytown
Rotary Club since 1982 serving as secretary, treasurer, vice-president,
and president in 1998, a contributing member of the Raytown Historical
Society, former member of Raytown Park Board, building committee member
for Raytown Emergency Program (REAP), member of Raytown South HS A+ Program
Committee and was on the Raytown School District oversight committee in
2006's bond issue.
He spent 20 years with Gateway Sporting Goods and Jerry's Sport Shop in
Grandview until retirement in mid 2011. Cassing served in the Merchant
Marines and US Army during WWII.
While in the Army, he played baseball with famed major league manager
Tommy Lasorda. He also played professional baseball with the Johnson City
Redbirds, a minor league farm team of the St. Louis Cardinals. Cass was
also a member since 1976 of the Kansas City Royal Lancers, a booster group
of the Royals Baseball Team for season ticket sales.
He served as secretary, treasurer, and president in 1983. In 1980, he
was made a General Lancer for selling over 400 season tickets. He was
Santa Claus for KC Royals employees and their children for several years.
Cass also served 6 years on the Board of Directors of the Former Park
Lane Medical Center and Board of Directors of Research Mental Health.
He received the Annual Civic Leadership Award on July 19, 2007.
Cass was preceded in death by his parents, John and Flora Cassing, and
brothers, Harold and Norbert Cassing.
He leaves his wife of 49 years, Colleen; daughter, Cheryl (Paul) Benedict;
son, Clint A. Cassing; sister-in-law, Lee Williams; and nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to REAP, Raytown Historical
Society, or Ascension Lutheran Church in Raytown.
(Arrangements by D.W. Newcomer's Sons Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000
Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO 64133, 816- 353-1218)