|Birth: ||Mar. 16, 1932|
|Death: ||Sep. 13, 2007|
Leroy McCaslin, 75, of Ramsey died Thursday, September 13, 2007 at his home. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. in Miller Funeral Home with Pastor Ryan Follis officiating. Visitation was Monday from 7-9:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial was in Blankenship Cemetery, rural Ramsey, with military rites. Memorials: Blankenship Cemetery.
Mr. McCaslin was borned March 16, 1932 in Montgomery County, the son of Ernest and Myrtle (Sanders) McCaslin. He was a construction worker, member of Teamsters Local 50, an Army veteran of the Korean War, member of VFW, Pana; Crawford-Hale Post 95 American Legion; Eagles Club, Vandalia and Ramsey Saddle Club. He married Josephine Marie Zimmerman on February 16, 1951 in Pana. He was preceded in death by his wife on December 14, 2002.
He is survived by his mother of Nokomis; sons, Greg McCaslin, Decatur; Gary McCaslin and wife, Angela, Sumner; brother, Randy McCaslin, Ohlman; sisters, Eileen Hill of Nokomis, Mrs. Larry (Shirley) Hartman of Irving; Mrs. Ronnie (Connie) Hughes, Norway; grandchildren, Michelle, Brandon, Travis and Traci; one great-grandchild.
Preceding him in death were his father and infant daughter.
Obituary from Ramsey News-Journal,September 20, 2007
Like every graveside rite provided by Ramsey Legionaires, it was a privilege to provide rites for another veteran on Tuesday. We fired the 21 gun salute and had taps for Leroy McCaslin who was a purple heart veteran of the Korean War. His wife, Josephine wanted to share his valor, his successful recovery from wounds and war story with us at one time, but Leroy was too private, too modest perhaps, to let his story be told. His son, Greg said he never talked about it with family either. But they saw the scars and knew where the medals were kept in their individual boxes. There was the Purple Heart for his battle injury, the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service and United Nations Service Medals. Leroy's squad was ambushed in Korea. He was one of the few survivors even though gravely injured by a rifle slug that passed through a lung and the liver. He recovered to have a complete career in construction and maintained a farm overlooking the Kaskaskia river.
Leroy finally wore all those medals he earned as the 21 volleys echoed over his final resting place in Blankenship Cemetery, the Dean Hills, and up to his quiet farm on the river bluff.
Taken from an article written by Robert J. Mueller for the Ramsey News-Journal, September 20, 2007
Created by: Joyce Neisler
Record added: Sep 19, 2007
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