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John Albert Caskey PDF Print E-mail

John Albert Caskey, born June 21, 1915, to Sylvester George Cas­key and Agnes Lindstrom Cas­key in Phelps, Wis.

John graduated from Phelps High School. He worked in CMC sawmill.

John joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) where he learned the skills of carpenter, electrician and plumber. He did his apprenticeship through businesses in Rhine­lander, and later became a contractor.

He married Marie Fayme Kosky Dec. 21, 1934. They had three children, daughter, Anita, son, Dan and son, Jack.

He drove school bus for many years, and did caretaker work at the same time building homes. He obtained his perk test license to further help in his work.

He served on the Phelps Town Board for more than 44 years. While a board member, he helped to lay out and build many of the town roads. He was instrumental in building the new town hall and garage.

He took classes at Nicolet College in Rhinelander to further his education on water and soil.

John worked for Wisconsin Valley Improvement Co. for more than 60 years, controlling the lake level of Lac Vieux Desert.

He also worked for the National Weather Service for more than 60 years, keeping records of snowfall, rain, temperature and wind.

John and wife, Marie, built and operated Oak Ridge Resort for many years.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved the outdoors.

John married Stella Kinner in 1969.

John spent his entire life on Lac Vieux Desert.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Sylves­tor and Agnes Caskey; wife, Marie Caskey; wife, Stella Caskey; son, Dan Caskey; stepdaughter, Sharon Brown Knutson; four sisters, Edith Severson, Freda Whitehead, Ethel Johnson and Alice Chrisien; four brothers, Elmer Caskey, Gene Caskey, Jess Caskey and Chester Caskey. He also was preceded in death by stepson-in-law, Patrick Brown; and stepgrandchild, Kelly Brown.

He is survived by daughter, Anita Larson; son, Jack Caskey (Sharon); stepson, Dan Kinner (Marge); three grandchildren; and six stepgrandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Twin Lakes Bible Church in Phelps. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 3:12 PM


0 #1 2013-09-24 15:48
John Caskey set the bar very high for the youth of Phelps and did it over such a long time. An outstanding leader from a family of leaders.

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