Former Postmaster J. R. Casey Dies
Former Postmaster J. Ransom Casey, native Californian who came to Pomona 70 years ago and was long active in business and civic affairs, died in Pomona Valley Community Hospital Friday evening after a long illness. He was 80 years of age.
A business man before entering federal service, he retired 10 years ago after 17 years as Pomona postmaster.
Ransom Casey was born June 4, 1882, in Azusa, where his father homesteaded property. The family moved to Pomona in 1892, when it had a population of about 4,000.
He attended the local schools, Pomona High School and Pomona College, and entered business. For 22 years he was in the shoe business, first the Casey-Curtis and then the Casey-Boyes shoe store on 2nd Street. Subsequently for several years he was in the insurance business.
He entered federal service in March 1935 when he was appointed postmaster. During his 17 years in this position he was elected president of the Los Angeles County Postmasters Association. He was honored by that organization at a dinner on the occasion of his retirement in June 1952.
A charter member of Trinity Methodist Church, he was the organizer and first scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 3 at that church, and was active in that work until recent years. In 1938 he received the Silver Beaver award for outstanding service to boys.
He was a charter member and past president of Pomona Kiwanis Club, and was a member of this city's first park and playgrounds commission.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Bessie C. Casey, at the family home, 204 E. Jefferson Ave.; two sons, Albert L. Casey of Grass Valley and Kenneth R. Casey of Claremont; and three grandchildren, Pamela Bess Casey, Kenneth Patrick Casey and John Michael Casey.
His third son, the late John R. Casey Jr., a World War II fighter pilot, was lost in the South Pacific in 1943.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 in Todd Memorial Chapel. Dr. Paul F. Huebner and Dr. Harry C. Culver of Trinity Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will be in Pomona Cemetery.
Progress-Bulletin (Pomona, California)
02 December 1962, Sunday • Page 17
Bessie Celia Wright Casey
1884–1973 (m. 1908)
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