John Anthony Kasley died May 15, 2013.
Husband of 46 years to Kathy (Phillips) Kasley and father of Ian Kasley of Williamsburg. He was the son of Maria (Occhipinti) and Ewald Kasley (deceased), and brother to Robert, Paul and Edward Kasley and Anne Moran, all of the Chicago area.
John was born in Chicago on August 15, 1946. He attended the University of Illinois, Champaign. In the Navy, during the Vietnam War, he served on the submarine USS Halibut.
John was a Training Manager for the Chevron Corporation for 34 years, and traveled the world for the company. With his family, he lived in San Francisco, New Orleans and Houston, and his last assignment was in Singapore, before retiring and settling in Williamsburg.
While living in the San Francisco Bay Area, John played mandolin, banjo and guitar in several bluegrass bands, including Boomtown and Fresh Picked. In California he also played guitar with the klezmer group, Ellis Island.
Here in Virginia, John was a founding member of the Hampton Roads Mandolin Ensemble. For the past seven years John enjoyed working for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.
John was a life-long woodworker, and excelled at building fine furniture. He obtained his amateur radio license (KK4FSZ) and enjoyed contacting other people around the world.
John loved to travel, was always an avid reader, and conversant on many subjects. He enjoyed creative challenges, research, fixing things and getting things done. He was a genuine and positive person and loved to laugh.
John passed away of a heart attack while on vacation in England, fulfilling his long-time dream of walking the "Cotswold Way." The family plans a memorial service within a few weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The
Published in Virginia Gazette from May 24 to June 23, 2013