Lyle Lee Casper, 85, of Russell, Kansas, died on Monday, August 08, 2016, at his home in Russell.

Lyle was born on January 12, 1931, in Bunker Hill, Kansas, the son of William H. and Carrie E. (Hoch) Casper.  When he was very young, he grew up in the Dorrance area and later in life he grew up in El Dorado, Kansas and attended high school in El Dorado.  After high school he moved back to the Russell County area and made his permanent home in Russell, Kansas, living here over 60 years.  He met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Opal Odell Anthony on October 18, 1951, in Great Bend, Kansas.  From this union Lyle and Opal were blessed with 8 children Lyle, Valerie, Deborah, Jackie, Gary, Joel, Dale and David.   He made his career as a welder working on the pipeline in the Russell area and later was the owner and operator of Casper Welding.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, target shooting his guns, playing cards and shooting pool.  Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his children and grand children.

Surviving family include his children Deborah Clark (Gary) of Cadiz, Kentucky, Jackie L. Casper of Russell, Gary W. Casper (Bernice) of Murray, Kentucky, Joel R. Casper (Michelle) of Russell, Dale A. Casper (Jayne) of Russell and David B. Casper and companion Kelli Fuller of Russell; brother William Casper (Linda) of Russell and sister Jane Galliart (Morris) of Wilson, Kansas; 22 Grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Opal, son Lyle O. Casper and daughter Valerie VanLoenen.

A celebration of Lyle's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, August 12, 2016, at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell with John Dumler officiating.  Burial will follow at the Bunker Hill Cemetery in Bunker Hill, Kansas.  Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at the mortuary with the family present to greet guests from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. Thursday evening.  Cards and condolences can be sent to the mortuary, there is no memorial.  Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, Kansas is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.


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