Archive for Tuesday, November 27, 1990


November 27, 1990


Services for the Rev. Paul W. Kasper, 88, and his wife, Leola E. Kasper, 84, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's United Church of Christ, west of Baldwin. Burial will follow in the St. John's United Church of Christ Cemetery.

The Kaspers died Sunday in a one-car accident near Worden in southern Douglas County. Mrs. Kasper died at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. The Rev. Kasper died later at Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center in Topeka.

Paul Wilhelm Kasper was born March 9, 1902, in Liberty Ridge, Wis. He grew up in Liberty Ridge and attended schools there. He then attended Elmhurst Academy in Elmhurst, Ill., where he graduated in 1924. He continued his education at the Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Mo., graduating magna cum laude with a master's of divinity degree in 1927.

Leola Elvena Kasper was born May 7, 1906, at Lancaster, Wis. She was reared in Lancaster and graduated from Lancaster High School in 1921. She was salutatorian of her graduating class. At the age of 16, she began teaching school in the Lancaster area. After her marriage on May 27, 1927, the evening of the Rev. Kasper's ordination, at Webster Groves, she assisted her husband in his many pastorates throughout the Midwest.

The Rev. Kasper pastored churches in Burlington, Iowa; Brillion, Wis.; Newton; Bensonville, Ill.; Hudson; St. Joseph, Mo.; Alma; and Concordia, Mo., where they retired in 1967. After their retirement, they pastored at the St. John's United Church of Christ west of Baldwin for 10 years.

They moved to Lawrence in 1974. The Rev. Kasper also served many interim pastorates throughout the Midwest after his retirement.

The Rev. and Mrs. Kasper were members of St. John's United Church of Christ, and they also attended Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence. The Rev. Kasper was a former member of the Masonic Lodge. Mrs Kasper was very involved in church work and was a member of several women's church groups and associations and the Extension Homemakers Unit near Worden.

They are survived by two sons, Paul T., Ranger, Tex., and Gene C., Topeka; two daughters, Aloha L. Snyder and Marita "Rita" Kasper, both of Topeka; 11 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Kasper is also survived by a brother, Milo Kasper, Fennimore, Wis., and a sister, Blanche Haberlein, Lancaster, Wis.

Mrs. Kasper is also survived by two sisters, Alma Beckett, Faulk County, Wis., and Ruby Marshall, Minneapolis, Minn.

Friends may call until 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home in Baldwin and after noon Wednesday at the church. The family suggests memorial contributions to Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Mo., sent in care of the funeral home.

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