John Andrew Kasper passed away peacefully on September 6, 2020, at age 88 with his wife of 69 years at his side. He was born in Johnstown on April 8, 1932, the first child of Andrew Kasper, Jr., and Catherine (Milnac) Kasper. John married Dolores Sax on July 2, 1951 and they celebrated 69 years of marriage together this year. John is survived by his loving wife, Dolores; his son, David, daughter-in-law, Kathleen (Strank) Kasper; daughter, Pamela (Kasper) Zimmer, and his son-in-law, Philip Zimmer; three grandchildren, Douglas Kasper, MD of Peoria, IL and his wife, Katie (Roth) Kasper, MD, Susan (Kasper) Murray, DMD of Herndon, VA and her husband, Christopher Murray and Matthew Kasper of Madison, WI; three great grandchildren, Diana Kasper, Samuel Kasper and Audrey Murray; three siblings, Andrew “Butch” Kasper, Helen Majerski and Caroline “Cass” Kasper. John was preceded in death by his youngest son, Donald, his parents, his brother Robert; and sisters Dorothy (Kasper) Novotny, Mary Kay (Kasper) Durham. John, the eldest of seven children, was raised in his family home in the Oakhurst neighborhood. He graduated from Johnstown High School in the Class of 1950. He enlisted into the US Army in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1954, after serving in France as a photography specialist during the Korean War era. Their family grew quickly with the births of David, Pamela and Donald. John and Dolores lived their entire married lives in Johnstown mostly in the Morrellville neighborhood and the last sixteen years in Westmont Borough. John held various positions at the Johnstown Water Company, Crane Co., and worked for the majority of his career in data processing at the Johnstown General Office of the Bethlehem Steel Company retiring in 1987. John was very active in his parish at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church. He served as an usher and lector at weekly Mass. He was president of the St Francis Men’s Club. John loved sports and cowboy movies. He coached Little League baseball and two men’s recreational basketball teams: Lee Richfield in 1959, and Westmont Sunoco 1961-1962. John loved the game of basketball and his team won the 1961 St. Vincent College Invitational Tournament, which featured an All-American point guard from West Virginia University and NBA professional named Hot Rod Hundley. John is fondly remembered by his family and friends for his love of the New York Yankees, University of Notre Dame Football, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins. John liked watching cowboy shows and his favorite show was Gunsmoke, but he enjoyed watching countless re-runs of the movies from the golden age of Westerns.Nothing was more important to John than his family and friends. He will be remembered for his kindness, a generous spirit, and for his caring and gentle personality. John was a devoted husband, a loving father to his children and was especially very proud of his three grandchildren and great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Johnstown, PA on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., Reverend Anthony Francis will be the celebrant. Visitation will be held that morning at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home beginning at 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Burial will be immediately following Mass at Grandview Cemetery in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Visitation: Visitation will be held Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
Service: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Johnstown on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. The Reverend Anthony Francis, OFM Conv., will be the celebrant. Doug Kasper will deliver the eulogy.
Internment: Burial immediately following the Mass at Grandview Cemetery.
Florist Information: Flowers must be delivered to the funeral home no later than 4:00 p.m. on September 18. The Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home, Inc. is entrusted with all arrangements and can be reached at: https://www.fgozogfuneralhome.com/ or by calling (814) 539-5127.
Memorial Donations: The family requests that any donations in memory of John Kasper be made to St Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 120 Barron Ave, Johnstown, PA 15906 or online at: http://www.stfrancisofassisijohnstown.com/?page_id=7218
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