Robert L. Kasper, 89, of Perry, Oklahoma, passed from this life Thursday, August 2, 2018. He was born on July 9, 1929 to Fred "Fritz" and Josephine Bittman Kasper in Billings, OK. Bob graduated from Billings High School, Billings, OK in 1947 and earned an Associate's Degree of Arts from Northern Oklahoma Junior College in Tonkawa, OK in September 1950. He was called to serve in the United States National Guard Company I, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division in Korea from October 1951 to April 1952 leading an advanced team to Korea as First Sergeant obtaining an "in-field" promotion to Sergeant First Class and then Master Sergeant. While serving, Bob earned the Army Occupation Medal (Japan), Korean Service Medal w/1 BZ Camp Star, UN Service Medal and the coveted Combat Infantry Badge. In 1952 he met Colleen Faye Clavin, a licensed beauty operator, and the couple were married January 25, 1953. Bob earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas in 1953 and was admitted to the University of Oklahoma Law School where he received a Bachelor of Law in 1957 and remained an avid OU fan the duration of his life. He was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar Association March 26, 1957. On March 30, 2017, the Noble County Bar Association hosted a reception to honor Robert L. Kasper for serving 60 years in private practice, as well as 13 years as an attorney for Noble County and 2 years as an assistant District Attorney for Noble County. He gained admittance to all United States District Courts in the State of Oklahoma and the United States Supreme Court. Bob loved his work and serving as President of the Company I Memorial Foundation for almost a decade which was established to provide college scholarships to descendants of Company I family members.
Robert L. served a leadership role in virtually every worthwhile cause in the Perry Community during his career. He spent 45 years as a director for the Exchange Bank and Trust Company and their General Counsel, was active in the Chamber of Commerce, City Government, American Red Cross, Democratic Party Chair, Perry Golf and Country Club and served as Chairman of the Noble County Bar Association several times while advising countless clients in estate/business planning, Oil and Gas, Adoption, abstracting and contracts.
Bob loved fishing with his son-in-law Tim Parker. He also loved going to estate sales and to the casino with his kids. He collected clocks and guns and many items of memorabilia from clients and friends over his almost 61 years of practice. He took his daughter, Kelly, to the farm with him to feed the cattle every evening when she was little. He lived vicariously through the boys wrestling and playing football. Both sons became attorneys and Kris went on to be the head Judge at the Oklahoma Tax Commission. He was a proud father of his three children. He hosted many family gatherings on the 4th of July at his cabin and loved being out there watching the wild life.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother, and many comrades from the 45th Infantry Division. He is survived by his son, Kurtis and wife Debi; son Kris and wife Sharon; daughter Kelly and husband Tim Parker; grandson Seth Kasper and wife Marissa; granddaughter Maren and husband Jeff Taylor; grandson Zachary Herring and fiancé Meghan Mcdonald; granddaughter Lyndon Parker; grandson Dalton Kasper; granddaughter Ashley Kasper; great-grandson Tanner Taylor; great-grandson Cooper Kasper; great-granddaughter Henley Kasper; great-granddaughter Arlow Marsley; and many other beloved extended family and friends.
Visitation will be on Sunday, August 5, 2018, from 3pm to 7pm, with family present from 5pm to 7pm at Brown-Dugger Funeral Home in Perry, OK. Services will be Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 2pm at the First Baptist Church of Perry with Interment at the Union Cemetery in Billings, OK.