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David Michael "Kasey" Kasehagen


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David Michael "Kasey" Kasehagen Obituary
David Michael "Kasey" Kasehagen, 61, passed quietly in his sleep Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at his home in Alamogordo. He was born Aug. 17, 1949, in Hammond, La., to Moses F. (Buddy) Chatellier Jr. and Ruby Maxine (Barlow) Chatellier Kasehagen.
He was a resident of Otero County since 1964. He loved the mountains and enjoyed hunting, trail riding and camping. His special interest was skydiving. He made his first jump in Alamogordo when he was 18, a passion that he had had since he was 12. He turned his passion for skydiving into his career. During his 27 years at Holloman Air Force Base, he served as a FAA master parachute rigger/life support technician for the 49th Fighter Wing. He earned a master riggers license in 1972 and received numerous awards for his devotion to rigging, jumping and ensuring the safety of service men and women. He was an avid teacher and mentor to anyone who wanted to learn about the joy of flight without the constraints of an airplane.
He received many other awards, including the Order of the Arrow from the Boy Scouts of America. In the summer of 1967, he received a certificate of appreciation from the Green Beret 6th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Company B for survival training. He also received the National Civilian of the Year commendation for his service to the United States Air Force.
He dedicated his life to his family. Survivors include his wife, Roxanne, and daughter Alycia, of Alamogordo; mother, Maxine Kasehagen, of Alamogordo; sisters Laurin Kasehagen Robinson, of Omaha, Neb., and Lucretia Chatellier Edwards, of Madisonville, La.; brothers Glenn Chatellier Kasehagen, of Ruidoso, and Michael Chatellier, Moses Chatellier and Jewell Chatellier, of Madisonville, La.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
David was preceded in death by his father, Buddy Moses.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at the Alamogordo Funeral Home chapel, located at 2301 First St. in Alamogordo, with Chuck Moon officiating.
Should family and friends desire, contributions may be made to UNM Cancer Research at the University of New Mexico Foundation, Casa Esperanza or the St. Joseph's Indian School.
The Kasehagen family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News on Aug. 21, 2011
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