Justino "Jap" Casassa, 96, died Thursday February 9, 2006 at 12:44 pm at his residence on State Road 340 in Brazil.
He was born April 12, 1909 in Perth, Indiana to Dominic and Margaret Casassa. He married Mary Kathleen (Hathaway) Casassa on November 5, 1932. He was preceded in death by his parents. His wife preceded him in death in 1975. Also preceding him in death were three brothers, Jesse in 1951, Dom in 1977, and James in 1979. He is preceded in death by one sister Katherine Biggs in 1983.
Jap is survived by his one remaining sibling, Christina Stough. He is also survived by his four children, Mary Ann Trout and her husband Virgil; Margaret Ellen Kennedy and her husband John; James Dom Casassa and his wife Lois; and Jack Steven Casassa and his wife Patricia all of Brazil.
He is further survived by eight grandchildren, Joe Trout and his wife Nancy; Tony Trout and his wife Tammi; Nona Lancaster and her husband Mitch; Troy Casassa and his wife Lisa; Chad Casassa; Christy Casassa; Carey Casassa and Cam Casassa.
Mr. Casassa is also survived by ten great-grandchildren, Joshua Trout; Katie Trout; Tyler Trout; Brett Casassa; Leah Casassa; Craig Trout; Allison Trout; Nick Lancaster; Trent Lancaster and Luke Lancaster.
He is further survived by two nieces, Kathleen Moore and Janet Breloff, as well as one nephew James Casassa II, and by several great nieces and nephews.
Jap was the patriarch of the Casassa Family. The family immigrated from Turin, Italy to Indiana just after the turn of the century. They founded Casassa's Dairy Farm, a business which served Clay County for seventy years. Throughout his life, Jap was involved in the family business, and was particularly interested in overseeing the "Dairy Operation", which prepared milk products for delivery to homes and stores of Clay County.
Although not always easy, he truly enjoyed his life. He was an avid sportsman who was skilled in hunting, trapping, and fishing. He had a particular interest in river fishing and enjoyed his river cabin on the Big Walnut Creek in Putnam County. He was an outgoing person who enjoyed socializing with his fellow hunters and fishermen.
He lived almost his entire life on the family farm and most of his family lives nearby. He was respected by all as the eldest member of the family. He loved his family and was greatly loved in return.
He was the owner and operator of the Brazil Gun Club for forty years. This trap and skeet club offered area marksmen the opportunity to hone their shooting skills and socialize with each other.
He was a member of the Annunciation Church in Brazil. He was a lifelong member of The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Lodge No 762 and he also belonged to the American Trap Shooting Association.
He was a loyal Indianapolis 500 race fan, who, except for the World War II years, did not miss a single race from 1927 to 1994.
Casket-bearers will be grandsons, Joe Trout, Tony Trout, Troy Casassa, Chad Casassa, Cam Casassa, and Mitch Lancaster. Honorary Pallbearers are Steve Czomac, Leo Kivits, Bob Moore, David Casassa, Jim Casassa II, Virgil Trout, John Kennedy, and Pete Breloff.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 11:00 am at French Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Monday prior to services also at the funeral home.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Clay County Humane Society, envelopes will be available at the funeral home.