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Family, Community, Sports, and Serviceman, Louis V. Kasperik, 93, formerly of Derry and Latrobe, died on March 26, 2013 at Ligonier Gardens. He was born Dec. 18, 1919 in Smithton, PA, a son of the late Joseph J. and Victoria (Dudzik) Kasperik. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Liberty (Libby) Deluca Kasperik; and his siblings: Sophia Kasperik, Joseph Kasperik, and Elizabeth (Kasperik) Himic. Lou was a graduate of the former Derry Township High School (1937), and the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy (1941). He was a retired pharmacist, having owned and operated Kasperik Pharmacy in Derry from 1953 until 1982. Lou was active in business, community affairs, and sports throughout his lifetime. He was the last living member of the famous Duquesne University Basketball "Iron Dukes" (1937-1941), a team that played mostly five players for the entire games. Their varsity record for three years was 81 and 10, making them one of the top teams in the nation. They were the first team to go to the NIT and NCAA tournaments in the same season, losing in the finals of each tourney. Lou graduated with top honors from the School of Pharmacy in which he ranked #1. He received the outstanding scholar-athlete award upon graduation and was a charter member of the RHO Chi National Honor Society. After graduation, he played professional basketball with the Detroit Eagles during the 1941-1942 seasons in which they reigned as World Champs and made several pro all-star teams of the era. Lou also signed with Knoxville of the Southern Association (Pittsburgh Pirates minor league) to play professional baseball. At this time in his life, Lou joined the military service and served in the 80th Infantry Division of the Army in World War II from 1942-1945. He received the bronze star for meritorious service and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with four bronze stars and held the rank of staff sergeant upon discharge. Community, church, and professional associations were always an important part of Lou's life. His many memberships and achievements included: Past National Commander of the 80th Division Veteran's Assoc.; Board of Governors of Duquesne University; Distinguished Pharmacy Alumnus Award; past president of the Pharmacy Alumni Assoc.; one of the top 13 graduates of Duquesne University; member of Duquesne University Sports Hall of Fame; past director of Fidelity Deposit Bank of Derry and Southwest National Bank of Greensburg; Advisory Director of Southwest Bank and First Commonwealth Bank; member and past president of the Armstrong-Westmoreland County Pharmaceutical Assoc.; PA Pharmaceutical Assoc. (PPA), National Assoc. of Retail Druggists (NARD), and American Pharmaceutical Assoc. (APHA); Derry American Legion Post #324, Derry VFW Post #444, Latrobe B.P.O.E. #907, Westmoreland County Comprehensive Health Pharmacy Advisory Council; past president of Derry Area Development Corp.; past president of Derry Business and Professional Assoc.; Derry Area Historical Society; director and past president of Westmoreland County Sports Hall of Fame; charter member of Westmoreland Athletic Club (WAC); Honorary Alumnus of St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA; member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Derry where he served as an usher and lector and was a member of the Holy Name Society; distinguished alumnus of Derry Area High School (2004); member and former chairman of the board of directors of Latrobe Area Hospital where he was named as a Director Emeritus in 2004 with 47 years of service; inducted into the Westmoreland County Sports Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame; and was the 2012 recipient of the Latrobe Area Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award. Lou is survived by his loving family: his son, Robert "Bob" and wife Rosalie; his daughter, Vickie McCarthy and husband Thomas; his wonderful grandchildren: Kathy Kasperik, Jim Kasperik and wife Casey (Peluso), Michael McCarthy and wife Amanda (Cackowski) and Libby McCarthy; and one great- granddaughter, Sophia McCarthy. At Lou's request, there will be no public visitation or services. Memorial contributions can be made to the Latrobe Area Hospital Charitable Foundation, One Mellon Way, Latrobe, PA 15650, or to St. Rose Church, 4969 Route 982, Latrobe, PA 15650. THE HARTMAN - GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME, INC. in Latrobe has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences can be made and additional information can be obtained at:
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Mar. 31, 2013
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