Thomas James Caspar, 76, of Grand Island died March 4, 2021, at CHI Health St. Francis.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 12, at Resurrection Catholic Church with the Rev. Joe Kadaprayil officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Grand Island City Cemetery. A luncheon will be served following the burial at the Platt Duetsche.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. March 11 at Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island. Memorials are suggested to the Grand Island Northwest Booster Club.
He was born on March 6, 1944, in Kansas City, Kan., to Peter and Agnes (Hunter) Caspar. He grew up in Salina, Kan., and received his education at Salina High School before attending the University of Kansas where he played football. He entered the U.S. Army in May 1968, and served during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged Oct. 18, 1969.
He was united in marriage to Florence Bottorf on Dec. 4, 1970, in Aurora, after which the couple lived in Grand Island where he was employed by Roberts Dairy. He also enjoyed working at Centura Hills Golf Course and Enterprise Car Rentals.
He was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing cards, watching his grandchildren play sports and sports on TV. He was a Kansas Jayhawk fan and enjoyed spending time with Murphy, his Golden Retriever.
He is survived by his sons, Curtis (Connie Armes) Caspar of Grand Island and Brian (Kristin) Caspar of Grand Island; daughters, Michelle (Monte) McIntyre of Hastings, Gyna (J.R.) McFarland of Columbus and Monica (Kirk) Chamberlain of Sioux City; and his 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Florence (Bottorf) Caspar.
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Published by The Grand Island Independent on Mar. 7, 2021.