"Jazz" Kase, 90, Sinking Spring, died Monday, May 9, 2011, in
Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Joseph Kase and Edna (Wolfgang) Kase.
He served the Reading area as a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier for 30 years, retiring in 1980 to enjoy his two granddaughters and traveling the country.
He was a member of Lincoln Park Community U.M. Church.
Jazz began his athletic career at Reading High School, where he played basketball and baseball, and graduated in 1937. He continued his baseball career in the Mountain State League in Logan, W.Va. In 1941 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served four years in the European Theater in WWII as a corporal in the Field Artillery Battalion and won four battle stars. After the war he returned to baseball, where he played and coached in Gal-ax, VA. On returning to Reading, he coached Gregg Post #12 for 23 years, starting in 1953. He was inducted into the American Legion Hall of Fame in 1976 and the Berks County Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Kase is survived by two sons, David L., husband of Karen A. Kase, Exeter Twp., and James A. Kase, Flying Hills. Also surviving are a daughter, Diane L., wife of Dennis K. Fisher, Sinking Spring; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Betty, wife of Richard Schumacher, Muhlenberg Twp., and Arlene, wife of Robert Frey, Wyomissing.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m., with services following at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Lutz Funeral Home Inc., 2100 Perkiomen Ave., Mount Penn. Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the World War II Memorial, P.O. Box 305, Calverton, NY 11933. Please note on donation "WWII Veteran Harold F. Kase" and party to be acknowledged or to Lincoln Park U.M. Church, 1 Carlisle Ave., West Lawn, PA 19609. For online condolences, please visit www.lutzfuner-alhome.com.