(October 9, 1934 – October 1, 2016)
Donald R. Kasper passed away at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Don was born on October 9, 1934 in St. John?ÇÖs, MI to the late Fred and Alice (Allison) Kasper. On September 15, 1990 he married Helen P. Kasper.Don attended Handy High in Bay City and then continued his education earning his B.S. and Master?ÇÖs degree at Central Michigan University. In the 50’s Don served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War. Along with teaching Don was the athletic director at Jefferson Intermediate and football and track coach at both Central and Jefferson Intermediate – starting the first Fleet Feet track team at both schools. His teaching and coaching career spanned 25 years. Additionally, Don was co-owner of Al’s Sport Shop for 14 years, he started his own corporate training consulting firm in 1985, and enjoyed the last 10 years working in the lawn and garden center at the Walmart store in Midland.Over his lifetime Don had many accomplishments including; President of the Downtown Businessmen’s Associate, President of Midland’s Chamber of Commerce, Chairperson for Junior Achievement organization, President of the Midland Amateur Hockey Association and first president of the Midland Red Coats. Don was particularly proud of a book he wrote to honor his Mother, “Life?ÇÖs Lessons from the University of Mom.”Don is survived by his wife, Helen, son, Kent (Amy) Kasper, daughters, Michele (David) Sissom, Shelie Gendron, and grandsons, Stefan and Michael. He is also survived by his brother Bill Baldwin, his sister Joy Thompson and many nieces, nephews and cousins.Following Don’s wishes there will be a visitation at Smith Miner Funeral Home located at 2700 W. Wackerly St. on Friday, October 14th from 4-7pm concluding with a Celebration of life at 7pm. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Compassus Hospice Care located at 401 Center Avenue, Bay City, Michigan 48708 or the donor?ÇÖs choice in Don?ÇÖs name.On line condolences can be left at smithminer.com.