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Casey, Leo Fred

Leo Fred Casey, 67, Larsen, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at his home after a long battle with smoking-induced COPD.

Leo was born July 26, 1946, to Leo J. and Fredrika (Lutz) Casey. He grew up in Appleton working at his parents' store, Casey's Junction Grocery, at Outagamie and Second Streets. He graduated from Xavier High School in 1964 and earned an Associate's Degree in data processing from Fox Valley Tech in 1966. Soon after, he enlisted in the US Army, where he served until 1969, including a tour in Vietnam and time at Fort Ord, CA, where his father had been stationed during WWII.

After his honorable discharge, Leo reconnected with the former Rose Coffey in Milwaukee where they married in 1970. They returned to Appleton so Leo could continue his education, working full time and earning his Bachelors in Business Administration from UW-Oshkosh in 1977.

Leo started as an accountant with American Can, ultimately working at its Menasha ink plant, which would become M&T Chemicals. Promotions led him to Mobile, AL, in 1980, to help open a new manufacturing facility. He worked for M&T and its successors in Mobile until 1990, when the family returned to Appleton and Leo joined the JJ Plank Corp. He retired as the company's Vice President of Finance & Information Systems in 2008. In retirement, Leo enjoyed fishing, spending time with his family (especially his new baby grandson, Bryson), and many a laugh with his fun-loving neighbors in the Boom Bay area.

Survivors include his mother, Fredrika Casey, Appleton; children: Brian (Cheryl) Casey, Greenville and Caron (Todd) Clements, Neenah; one grandson, Bryson; two step-grandchildren: Cyrus and Stella; brothers and sisters: Patrick Casey, Appleton; Meg Casey, Appleton; Kathy Casey (Glenn Bechler), Appleton; Beth (Doug) Bucholtz, West Bloomfield and Steve Casey, Seymour; former wife and friend, Rose Casey; nieces and nephews: Anne, Kelly, Kelena and Mark; two great nephews: Owen and Leonardo.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leo J. Casey.

According to Leo's wishes, there will not be a funeral service. A celebration of Leo's life will take place in the spring. A memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to offer special thanks to Drs. Robert Nonn and John Swanson, and the caring staff of ThedaCare at Home Hospice. We'd also like to thank Dad's Boom Bay neighbors who spent time with him and helped take care of him for several years.

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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Feb. 2, 2014
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