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“Just learned of and very sad to hear of the passing of Mr. Kasdorf. I had a couple of years around Mr. Kasdorf many many years ago and remember...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: John J. Royeton - FL

“May you rest in Peace Howard Kasdorf. I grew up on Sturgis and back then everyone knew everyone else, you were a very nice man, as was your family! I...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Shelley Hayes - KALAMAZOO, MI

“May Howard rest in peace and God Bless the family. My thoughts are with you. ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: Mike Sweitzer - White Pigeon, MI

“June and I were shocked to hear of Howard's passing. We are on our way back to Canada as I write this. Our thoughts and prayers are with Grace at...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: June and Stuart Smith - Montreal

“My thoughts and prayers are with you Gracie and your family, and I will be calling you soon. God Bless you. Love, Emmy ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: Emmy Kloko - Plant City, FL

“Grace, you have my sympathy. All of us at Silver Lakes miss you. ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Harriett Evans - Naples, FL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Grace and your family. We will miss Howard. Joan & Jerry ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: joan & Jerry tutman - naples, FL

“Barb told me he had had a heart attack but it was still a shock to see he had died. Love you Gracie. God be with you and your family. ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: Dave Large - Midwest City, OK

“We will miss our friend from Naples, Fl.. Loved him dearly. ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Sally and Tom McQuilkin - KY

“We will miss our friend from Naples, Fl.. Loved him dearly. ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: Sally and Tom McQuilkin - KY

“We will miss our friend from Naples, Fl.. Loved him dearly. ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Sally and Tom McQuilkin - KY

“Our prayers are with Grace and her family Howard will be missed here in Florida. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Robert and Julie Kindsvater - FL

“My deepest sympathies to Grace and family. My prayer for you all is that God will surround you with His love and that His Peace will invade your...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Lon D. Randall - San Francisco, CA

“Don and I are so sorry to hear of Howard's passing. Grace, we wish you and your family our sincerest condolences. He was such a great guy and a...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Don and Mary Harris - GRAYLING, MI

“Grace, We were disheartened to hear of Howard's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We fondly remeber the joys of SL Days. Jean & John ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: John & Jean Le Noury - Grimsby

“Dear Grace and Family, My deepest condolence to you. You and many of your family members are an important part of my memories of Sturgis. Roy...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Roy Pearson - Decatur, MI

“I could not have had a better life long friend then HOWARD. Many, Many,Many good memories. 1946--2012. ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Ed Wisler - Prescott,, AZ

“Grace and Family, Sorry to hear of your loss. I have fond memories of Howard and your family. Thinking of you and wishing you the best. - Kent...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Kent Roberts - Waterford, MI


Howard Jay Kasdorf, age 79, of Sturgis, MI passed away Saturday, April 7, 2012 at home surrounded by his loving family after a short terminal illness. He was born Feb. 18, 1933 in Sturgis, MI a son to the late John Fredrick William and Lucile (Gross) Kasdorf. Howard went to Country Schools from Kindergarten until entering Sturgis High School for the 9th Grade. He was very athletic and lettered in football, wrestling, and track and participated in the Mile Run at the State Meet. He graduated SHS with the class of 1951. During high school Howard worked for Frohriep Brothers gas station and Reith-Riley Construction as a flagman. After graduation he started working for F.W. Casselmans and in Sept. 1952 he married Grace Prestidge. In March of 1953 he entered the U.S. Army and was part of the 507th Signal Company which went to Korea in 1953 where he was doing telephone installation and repair. After the service he attended Tri-State College and then the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where he graduated in 1961. The family then moved to Phoenix, AZ for a year and back to Sturgis where he re-joined F.W. Casselmans as a sales engineer in 1963. He became part owner in of Casselman's in 1970. Howard was a 50 year Rotarian member, on the bank board of directors, involved in Jr. Achievement, and member of the American Legion. He enjoyed camping with family and friends, working in his wood shop, sailing, fishing, hunting, being outdoors. He enjoyed spending time out back on his farm on the tractor, and spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are his wife: Grace; 4 children: Sherry (Bruce) Grant, Howard Lee Kasdorf, JoEllen (Tom) Adams, and Jeffrey (Linda) Kasdorf; grandchildren: Shay (Spiro) Kandis, Ben Veasy and Amber, Latasha (Brandon) Watson, Shavona (Josh) Anders, Sarah Grant and Kris Pitel, Kaylee Waldron and her mother: Kathy Braymer, Matt Kasdorf, Kristi Kasdorf, Gabe Adams, Mike Adams, Kyle Adams, Kira Kasdorf, Kaden Kasdorf, and Mya Kasdorf; great-grandchildren: Asher Adams, Riley Kandis, Gabe Anders, Elijah Anders, Camille Pitel, Jayden Kandis, and Tyler Veasy; brothers: Allen (Carol) Kasdorf and John Kasdorf and Judy Pappas; sister: Janet Dillivan and Bob Kline; and a dear family friend Larry Coohon. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother: William Kasdorf in 2009. The family will receive friends and relatives from 2:00 – 4:00 & 6:00 – 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, at the Hackman Family Funeral Home – Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091. Services celebrating the life of Howard Kasdorf will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, at the funeral home with The Rev. Deb Johnson, First United Methodist Church, officiating. Graveside services and interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery with full military honors conferred by the U.S. Army Honor Guard and the Capt. John J. Kelley V.F.W. Post #1355. The family suggest memorial donations be directed to Camp Fort Hill, 307 N. Franks Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091. His obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.