We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Palmyra Location
Milford Willis “Mel” Kasper, 89, of Lake Monticello Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
Mel was the son of the late Fred E. and Grace (Langland) Kasper, born on December 4, 1932, on the family farm in Wadena County, Minnesota.
He graduated from Sebeka high school in 1950. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served as a radar technical instructor. He joined Boeing Airplane Company in engineering and design of military aircraft and jet helicopter research projects. Being a lifelong aviation enthusiast, he earned his commercial pilot and flight instructor credentials. He instructed primary and advanced flight training for several years then joined Eastern Airlines as a copilot/flight engineer. Upon leaving Eastern Airlines he returned to engineering and design and construction in the chemical and pharmaceutical sector until his retirement from the research facility at Merck in 1996. He was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
In addition to his parents, Mel was predeceased by his two brothers, Warren, of Cherryvale, Kansas and Edward, of Branson, Missouri. .
Left to mourn are his wife Cheryl (Mirus) of Lake Monticello; two sons Rick (Carol), of Federal Way, Washington and Randall (Karen) of Ravensdale, Washington; three daughters Trisa Kasper of Elkton, Maryland, Kathleen Kasper of Covington, Washington and Lisa (John) Vanden Bos of Villepreux, France; one sister, Ardyth Corbin of Menahga, Minnesota; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A remembrance gathering of family and friends will be held June 16, 2022, at 2pm at the Thacker Brothers Lake Monticello Funeral Home in Palmyra.
In lieu of flowers, arrangements may be sent to the Kasper residence or the funeral home.
Family and friends may share memories at www.thackerbrothers.com.