Victor Cassaday Sr.

Victor Kenneth Eugene Cassaday Sr. Owner Operator Automotive repair Victor K. E. Cassaday Sr., 72, a hard working and dedicated man, passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, in the company of his family. Born on September 26, 1940 to Herman J. Sr. and Violet L. Cassaday, the first born of five children, he was raised in Tulare on the family farm. After attending Sundale Union Elementary School and graduating from Tulare Union High School, in 1961 he received his AA degree from College of the Sequoias. Starting as a mechanic at the age of 16; he worked as a certified service mechanic at a Lincoln Mercury dealership in Tulare, then as a Fleet Supervisor with AT&T. In 1975, he received his license from California's Bureau of Automotive Repair. After 25 years of service with AT&T, he retired in 1987 to form his own automotive repair shop, Tel-Star Repair. Victor's pride in his work and conviction in business ethics were second to none. He spent many days and nights ensuring that the work that he performed for his customers was beyond reproach. He was a member of AT&T Pioneers, San Joaquin Valley Better Business Bureau, California State Sheriffs Association, California Rifle and Pistol Association and National Automotive Service Excellence. Throughout his life, Victor had many hobbies and passions, among those being a proud sponsor of youth actives including a bicycle motocross racing team and Little League baseball team. The pursuit that gave him the most pride was his HAM radio station that he began operating in 1955 and passing on his knowledge of Morse code to his grandchildren was the only thing he loved more than the pastime itself. The highlight of his life was being blessed with a wife, Kathleen, married on August 18, 1961, who has given her unconditional love and support for 53 years. Together they raised their two daughters Phyllis and Brenda and son Kenneth. Preceded in death by his parents, brother Stanley A. Cassaday, brother-in-law Ronald Haney Sr., nephew Stephen Cassaday and niece Rebecca (Smutz) Ball. He is survived by his wife Kathleen Cassaday, daughter Phyllis Gene (Cassaday) Baily and husband William, son Victor K. E. Cassaday Jr. and wife Cami, daughter Brenda Gene (Cassaday) Moss and husband Terry Lee. Blessed with seven grandchildren; William I. Cates Jr., Steven O. Avila, Victor Andy Cates, Bradley M. Belford, Kathleen M. A. Cates, Mary M. Cassaday and Nicolas L. Cassaday. His brother Herman J. Cassaday Jr.. His sisters Charlotte L. Haney and Mary K. Smutz. He has ten nephews and four nieces and several great-nephews and nieces. A loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. Victor was someone you could look up to and aspire to be. Victor attributed his success to hard work and deifying the odds and refused the defeat associated with a struggling family who worked hard their whole life. He was a proud American and loved his country. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY, 340 West Fallbrook Ave. Suite 101, Fresno, CA 93711. MEMO part of check please write: In memory of VICTOR CASSADAY SR. A funeral service will be held, Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Calvary Chapel at 10 a.m. Visitation will be held Monday, January 28, 2013 at Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Burial at Lindsay District Cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to

Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Jan. 26, 2013