Larry Cassady

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Larry V. Cassaday, 78, of Independence, died Monday afternoon, December 6, 2010, at his home in Independence following a short illness.
Larry was born Nov. 2, 1932, in Des Moines, the son of Harold V. and Orel K. (Griffith) Cassaday. He graduated from the North High School in Des Moines and attended Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kan. On Nov. 8, 1953 he was united in marriage to Phyllis E. Miller in the First Baptist Church, Des Moines. He entered the U.S. Army on November, 1953 serving until his discharge in 1955. Upon his discharge, Larry worked in the refrigeration business. In 1965, Larry formed a partnership with Don Taylor and started Midwest Refrigeration in Independence, Iowa operating it until 2000.
He was a member of the Volunteer Fire Department, Urbandale, The Buchanan County Health Trust, serving as president, the Independence Chamber of Commerce, the Elks Club, the 611 Yacht Club, and the Iowa Grocery Association. He was active in the Republican Party and served on the Congressional Selection Board for the Military Academy.
He is survived by his wife Phyllis Cassaday, Independence, four children: Steve Cassaday, Independence; Tina Thompson, Maxwell; Doug (Carol) Cassaday, and Heidi (Kevin) Tudor, Independence; five Grandchildren: Jake Thompson, Cassidi Thompson, Brooke Cassaday, Brittany Cassaday and Chloe Tudor, and two great grandchildren: Marlo and Eva Thompson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son-in-law Keith Thompson. Funeral services were Friday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence with Rev. Scott Meador officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Independence. Memorials may be directed to the Larry V. Cassaday Memorial Fund, % BankIowa, 230 1st St. E.; Independence, Iowa 50644. For more information or to leave an on-line condolence please go to under obituaries.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Dec. 9 to Dec. 12, 2010
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