Paul Henry Casper, 94, of Apache Junction and longtime resident of Springerville, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2008, at Odyssey Hospice in Mesa. Paul was born May 20, 1914, near Williamstown, Hancock County, Ohio, to John Nicholas Casper and Elizabeth (Hartman) Casper.
Paul was married for 71 years to Hazel Estyl Dirmeyer of Dola, Ohio, who preceded him in death. A brother, Alvie Casper also preceded him in death.
In 1976, Paul retired from the State of Arizona as a chief agricultural and quarantine inspector stationed in Springerville. Prior to moving to Springerville, he worked as a carpenter for the copper mines in Globe and Phoenix as a self-employed carpenter.
In 1934, when he and Hazel were first married, they moved from Ohio to California where he worked for Hawley Bowlus building the first aluminum travel trailers, the forerunners of the Airstreams of today.
Paul will be remembered for his dedicated membership and service to the Community Presbyterian Church of Springerville. He was supportive of 4-H activities and loved hunting and fishing in the White Mountains.
He is survived by his sister, Violet (Virgil) Good; sister-in-law Opal Ruppright; brother-in-law Lauren (Dorthy) Dirmeyer, all of Dola, Ohio; and sister-in-law Elwanda Casper of Ada, Ohio. Although Paul and Hazel had no children of their own, they have many surviving nieces and nephews with extended families as well as many friends. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Community Presbyterian Church in Springerville with interment in Springerville Cemetery following. Visitation will be prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Presbyterian Church of Springerville.
Burnham Mortuary of Eagar handled arrangements. To view the obituary or send condolences, visit www.burnhammortuary.com.
Hazel Estyl Dirmeyer Casper
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