Clyde Phillip Casper, 73, of Belleville, was born on Sept. 21, 1946, in Anna.
He died on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Integrity Healthcare of Belleville in Belleville.
He was a loving husband, dad, paw paw, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend.
As a professional commercial artist and architect, Mr. Casper owned Omnibus Studio in Collinsville for decades.
Mr. Casper served on the Southwestern Illinois Planning Commission and The Tourism Bureau of Southwest Illinois.
He was active in the Collinsville community, helping the Illinois State Police headquarters based there, opening a “Rascals” themed restaurant across from Petite 4, branding Cahokia Mounds, and designing the Collinsville logo seen today on their welcome signs and water tower.
Outside of his professional life, Mr. Casper was an amazing oil painter and artist, plus a gifted musician, collector and builder.
He is fondly remembered at family holiday gatherings for having a guitar in hand and a song in his heart.
He had a lifelong infatuation with both Corvettes and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. He loved to spend weekends taking the motorhome and boat to Carlyle Lake.
In his later life, he found a second childhood living for his three grandkids, celebrating in their accomplishments, and sharing his passion for music and art.
Every friend of the family knew him as “PawPaw,” a title to which he lived to his fullest.
His favorite end to the day was eating ice cream with MowMow.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Carol (nee Eck) Casper; his parents, Clyde and Beulah (nee Ditterline) Casper; and his siblings, Victor “Butch” Casper, Bobbie (nee Casper) Page and Peggy (nee Casper) Penrod.
Mr. Casper is survived by his children, Renee (Dave) Casper Scott, Cari (Matt) Casper-Bassler and Mark Urban; his grandchildren, Kenzie Casper Scott, Luke Casper-Bassler and Caleb Casper-Bassler; his sister, Gail (nee Casper) Wells; a sister-in-law, Gerie Simpson; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Condolences can be made to the family at www.kasslyfuneral.com.
Services will be held at a later date due to the ongoing pandemic.
Kassly Mortuary Ltd. in Fairview Heights is in charge of arrangements.