Kenneth Ross Casey, born in Pomona in 1920, died on December 4th in Claremont.
Casey grew up going to Pomona schools, playing football and participating in outdoor adventures with the Boy Scouts. After he graduated from Pomona High School in 1938, he attended Stanford University, graduating in 1942.
Immediately upon graduation, he enlisted in the Navy to serve in the Pacific during WWII. As a Lieutenant, he was assigned to an aircraft carrier in the Aleutian Islands. When the War ended, he returned to Pomona to marry his Pomona High School classmate, Nancy Louise Gillen. He and his new wife returned to Stanford University for an additional year where he earned his Master's in Engineering before returning to live in the Pomona Valley.
For the next three decades, Casey was employed at Kaiser Steel. Starting in the Roll Shop as an engineer, he moved into management. At the end of his career, he served as Vice President of Operations and he spent his final years as President of a fabrication plant, an auxiliary to Kaiser Steel.
Upon retirement, Casey served on the Board of VEBA, a non-profit organization that managed the retirement funds of former Kaiser Employees.
Casey remained active in agricultural enterprises his entire life. He and his family owned orange groves in the Pomona area and more recently he was actively involved in the management of an avocado grove he owned in Temecula, California.
His final years were spent traveling the world and socializing with longtime Pomona Valley friends. He was a golf enthusiast.
A devoted family man, he is survived by his wife of 69 years, Nancy Gillen Casey, his son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Cynthia Casey of Orinda, CA, his daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Steven Nagler of Claremont and his grandchild, Lucia Nagler of Los Angeles.
A service will be held at Todd Memorial Chapel, 570 North Garey Avenue in Pomona on Friday, December 11 at 1pm with a graveside service at Pomona Memorial Park Cemetery immediately after.
Nancy L Gillen Casey
1920–2018 (m. 1946)
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