Robert Emmett “Bob” Casey, Youngstown, Ohio Obituary


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Robert Emmett “Bob” Casey, 77, of the west side of the city, died early Monday morning of June 7, 2021 at Hospice House of complications from Parkinson’s, surrounded by the love of family and friends Friends .

Born in Youngstown on June 21, 1943, Bob was a son of the late Michael Emmett Casey and Winifred Kelley Casey. He grew up on the city’s South Side and was a lifelong resident of the area.

Mr. Casey attended St. Patrick Elementary School and graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School in 1961.

Cardinal Mooney High School Alumni Tribute

He proudly served in the U.S. Army, where he developed his photography skills and compassion for others while serving as an Army photographer.

Bob attended John Carroll University and Youngstown State University.

He worked as a photographer, which he enjoyed in his home business, Casey’s Studio, and also worked for the General Electric Apparatus Shop and the Youngstown Service Shop. He then worked for the Youngstown wastewater treatment plant, from where he retired.

Bob has served in various organizations across the community. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, 3rd and 4th degrees, and was named in 1996 by Marian Council No. 3813 in Campbell with the “Robert E. Casey Family of the Year”. He was also a member of the Catholic Brotherhood of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and a former member of the Holy Name Society in St. Matthias Parish, where he and his first wife were married and raised their three children as members.

Mr. Casey liked antique cars and was a former member of the Model T Ford Club, Cool Time Cruisers, and the Youngstown Rod & Custom Club. He also enjoyed fishing, boating, wildlife, and almost all outdoor activities. When he was young, Bob was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America and traveled west with his troop by train to restore boats.

He was a member of St. Brendan’s Church in Youngstown.

Bob leaves his wife Mary Lou Cleary Casey, whom he married on December 7, 2002; two daughters, Maureen Casey of Boardman and Colleen (David) Grager of Streetsboro; his son Brian Casey from San Diego; six grandchildren, David (Dr. Amanda Fehlbaum) Grager, Corey Casey, Evan Grager, Charles Grager, Olivia Wamsley, and Katherine Wamsley; and three sisters, Ellen Hyland of Liberty Township, Edna Zaitzew of Boardman, and Elizabeth Kouttab of Gainesville, Virginia.

Mr. Casey also leaves two stepdaughters, Karen DaGrava of Baltimore, Md. And Deb (Brian) Riley of Alexandria, Virginia; seven Stiefkel, Kaitlin DaGrava, Brandon DaGrava, Sarah Riley, Sophia DaGrava, Ethan Riley, Ryan DaGrava, and Tucker Riley; four step-great-grandchildren, Treycen, Landyn, Madeline “Scout” and Xander; Dale Wamsley, who was like a son to Bob; and many nieces, nephews and godchildren whom he loved very much.

His first wife, Marie Elena Gura Casey, whom he married on September 11, 1965, died on November 5, 1993. His father-in-law and mother-in-law Lawrence C. and Olga Kimack Gura also died.

Family and friends can call on Friday, June 11th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

The funeral service begins at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, June 12 at the funeral home and continues with a Christian funeral mass celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Brendan’s Church, 2800 Oakwood Ave., Youngstown.

To those who are unable to personally show their respect or are uncomfortable with it, please keep Bob and his family in thoughts and prayers.

Following the service, compulsory services with military honors will be held at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.

Bob’s family especially thanks Paula West from Visiting Angels and his grandson Corey, who were both Bob’s carers.

In lieu of flowers, commemorative donations may be made on Bob’s behalf to Hospice House, under the care of Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512; or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research