David O. Cassler Sr., 82, of Philipsburg died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at the Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College.
He was the son of the late Harry S. and Olive Lucinda (King) Cassler born Aug. 7, 1931 in Curwensville. He was married to the former JoAnn K. Forsburg on Aug. 4, 1956 in Philipsburg. She survives him at home.
Mr. Cassler was a member of the First Church of Christ in Philipsburg. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was awarded the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with six battle stars, Combat Infantry Badge, Occupational Medal (Japan), Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
He was a member of the Little Lake Michigan American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans and a life member of the 25th Infantry Regiment (Cacti) Association. He was a member and Past Exalted Ruler of the B.P.O. Elks, #1173, Philipsburg and served as Exalted Ruler three times. He was a member of the Moshannon Lodge, #391, Free & Accepted Masons, Williamsport Consistory, of which he served as an officer, and the Jaffa Shrine.
He was also a member of the Pennsylvania Sheriffs Association, the Quehanna Industrial Development Corp. in Karthaus, the Philipsburg Bi-centennial Committee and the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership. He served as a volunteer with the American Red Cross and had been a board member with the South Hills Business School. He and his wife, JoAnn, were also campground hosts at Moshannon State Park for more than 15 years and were recognized for more than 2,000 hours of service.
Mr. Cassler worked for Peerless Trucking as a driver, dispatcher and then assistant terminal manager. He then was employed with Merryman Trucking as a safety director until retiring. He attended the Clearfield High School and earned his high school diploma while serving in the U.S. Army.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Cassler.
He is survived by two daughters, Louise K. Cassler of Philipsburg and Nancy A. Morbeto and her husband, John “Max” of Sundance, WY; three sons, David O. Cassler Jr. and his wife, Tammy of Gearhartville, Donald O. Cassler and his wife, Lori of Morrisdale and Michael L. Cassler and his wife, Deborah of Wallaceton. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and his special friend, D.W.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Church of Christ in Philipsburg, with the Rev. Timothy D. Richmond officiating. Burial will be at the Crown Crest Cemetery in Hyde.
Friends will be received from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Beezer-Heath Funeral Home in Philipsburg and from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.
An Elks memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. and a Masonic memorial service at 7:30 p.m., both on Wednesday at the funeral home. Military honors will be accorded at the churc Thursday by members of the Moshannon Valley Independent Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607, or to Moshannon Valley YMCA, P.O. 426, Philipsburg, PA.
Friends may sign the online guestbook at: beezerheathfh.com.