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Dr. Robert Kasper

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Dr. Robert Kasper

Naples, FL

Dr. Robert Kasper of Naples, FL and Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, passed away on Thanksgiving night, November 23, 2017. He was 95 years old.

Bob was born in Hamtramck, MI on May 13, 1922. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps at the age of 21, during World War II. He trained to fly the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a four-engine bomber used in strategic campaigns against German industrial and military targets. Bob flew his B-17, which he nicknamed "Merrie Christie" after his niece, on 35 missions over Germany. He logged 900 flight hours as part of the 511th Squadron of the 351st Bombardment Group, stationed in Polebrook, England. Once Germany surrendered, Bob continued to pilot transport planes over the Pacific until Japan also surrendered. He was decorated with the Air Medal six times.

Once he was discharged from the Air Corps in 1945, Bob enrolled at the University of Detroit (Mercy) through the G.I. Bill, where he studied liberal arts and later enrolled in the School of Dentistry. Bob ran a dental practice in Detroit until his retirement in 1984.

Bob kept up his pilot's license and even owned his own airplane, until a stroke in 2002 ended his flying career. Bob was recently invited to participate in several Collier County Honor Flights, organized to celebrate surviving WWII veterans.

Bob was married twice, to "two of the most wonderful women you would ever want to know," in his words. His first wife, Mary Elizabeth Kasper, predeceased him in 1998. His second wife, Jo Ann (Lovisa) Kasper, predeceased him in 2013.

Bob was a long-time member of Lochmoor Club, as well as Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI.

Bob relocated full-time to Naples, FL in 2009, where he was an avid golfer at Naples Lakes Country Club up until the end of his life. He was a volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County and a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church.

Bob is survived by his loving stepchildren Laura Lovisa of Seattle, WA and her partner Lara Creasy; and David Lovisa of Sarasota, FL, his wife Caroline and their children Nicholas and Harrison Lovisa.

Bob will also be missed by his nephew Greg Kasper and his wife Patricia of Howell, MI; and his nieces Gayleen Usik of Lake Orion, MI; Janice Zaranek of Clinton Township, MI; Mary Christina Keitz of Almont, MI; and Barbara Carducci of Las Vegas, NV.
Published in Naples Daily News on Dec. 17, 2017
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