VeteranCharles Cassel

Charles "Chuck" CasselCharles C. "Chuck" Cassel, 88, of Beardstown, formerly of Astoria and Lady Lake, Fla., died at 9:08 a.m. Dec. 12, 2012, at Heritage Manor South in Beardstown.

He was born Dec. 10, 1924, in Astoria, a son of Ray Hamm and Leta Jerene Anderson Cassel. He married Pauline Lois Painter Hughes on June 14, 1954, in Palmyra, Mo. She preceded him in death on March 19, 2011.

He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and James Cassel; and two sisters, Mary Sue Cassel and Lois Ann Moffitt.

Surviving are one daughter, Joyce (and Tom) Allen of Aurora, Colo.; one son, Alan (and Patricia) Hughes of Astoria; one brother, William (and Betty) Cassel of Indianapolis, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943-46 as a Primary Scout Observer with a rank of Corporal. He received the Purple Heart for wounds received on the initial assault on Okinawa Island. He also received the Bronze Star for heroism on the assault and capture of Guam Island.

He worked for Tregallis Grocery in Astoria. He and his brother then owned and operated grocery stores in Astoria under the names of Red-White Grocery, Red Fox Grocery, Bi-Rite Grocery and Chuck and Bill's Grocery.

He was a member of Astoria American Legion Post #25. He was a former Astoria School Board member and former Scout leader.

Services were held Monday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with Bob Spencer officiating. Burial was in Astoria Cemetery with full military rites provided by Astoria American Legion Post #25.

Memorials may be made to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice or Astoria American Legion Post #25.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 12/19/2012

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