Casey, John Robert
August 30, 1935 – February 12, 2014
Age 78 of Bloomington,died peacefully after a short battle with cancer. Jack was born to James and Eva Casey of Winsted, CT, on Aug. 30, 1935. Active and accomplished in baseball and basketball, Jack played for local community teams before enlisting in the Air Force and serving in the Korean war while stationed in Germany. Upon returning from Germany, Jack met Barbara Boyd; they married on February 11, 1961. Moving from Winsted, CT, to South Bend, IN, to Montevideo, MN, they had five kids during their marriage. Jack was an avid golfer and passed along the love for the sport to most of his children. Playing golf, going out for dinner, and betting on the horses, were cherished times spent with his friends and kids. While Jack and Barb divorced in the mid-eighties, they remained friends. Jack moved to Salisbury, NC, to pursue another opportunity as a salesman. A consummate one at that, people often told his kids things like “Jack Casey could sell sawdust to the saw mill.” After moving to North Carolina, it was that charm that helped him win the love of Carrol Casey, who he later married. They spent many happy years together. After a stroke forced his retirement, Jack moved back to Minnesota to be closer to his kids. He spent his time on the golf course, at the horse track, and with his fellow residents at Ridgeview Terrace. He made friends everywhere he went and will be dearly missed by everyone whose life he touched. His Ridgeview Terrace friends appreciated his willingness to help whenever someone needed it — from moving cars after snowstorms, to driving friends to the doctor, to chauffeuring residents to church. And they’ll never forget his annual tradition of making corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day.Jack is preceded in death by his parents James and Eva and his siblings Dot, Jimmy, and Billy; his step-daughter Mitzi Burke; and his first wife Barbara Hanson. He is survived by his kids Jackie (Joe DeCaluwe), Bill (Kathleen), Sean (Tanya Tiedt and her daughter Evelyn), Meghan (Robert Downey, Jr.), and Erin; honorary Casey kid Tony Bauch, his second wife Carrol Casey; his step-son Alan Burke; and his grandchildren Jacob and Lizzie (who called him Papa Jack) and Madison and Olivia (who called him Hack). Not much for pomp and circumstance, Jack did not want a funeral or to be buried. If you would like to honor his memory, tributes can be made to these organizations that were important to him: Minnesota Retired Racehorse Project (mrrp.com), My Friend’s Place (myfriendsplace.org), JDRF (jdrf.org), or the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (ccfa.org).