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James D. Kassly

February 13, 1955 ~ September 21, 2020 (age 65)
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A candle was lit by Matthew Mahan on October 27, 2020 5:14 AM
Message from jim eckert
October 2, 2020 9:24 AM

To the Jim Kassly family: I have known Jim for only a short time. He called and asked for a get together concerning his fruit trees. Most of the calls like this are from people with only a fleeting interest; Jim walked in the door with a bulging three ring binder of tree fruit information. So the conversation was launched from his own reading and experience on the Kassly grounds. I think we met 5-6 times, and the talk inevitably went to the more important topics of family and business, and personal history. I read the online comments from the multitude of Jim's long time friends. Good character never stops, and it was open to me for the short-term. Rest in peace, friend. I'll take care of the apples for now.
Message from Matthew Mahan
September 30, 2020 6:19 PM

Lori and Family,
I am so very sorry for the loss of James, he was a great man and I will miss his smile and compassion. He did every family funeral for us in the 80's, 90's and 2,000's. He was a great man and a man that was full of love and humility. Again, I'm so very sorry. I lit a candle in his memory.

My Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.

Him, Rest In Peace, My Friend!
Message from Tom and Diana Burt
September 30, 2020 10:54 AM

I sent 2 posting before and now I can't find them. I hope we can get together soon.
Message from Tom and Diana Burt
September 30, 2020 10:38 AM

Dear Lori, We are so sorry that you lost your life partner. He was such a wonderful man. I know God is taking care of him. I know you have many memories of him with you. I hope the memories will help you as the years go by. When I first met you years ago you made a big impression on me. You were so happy and positive. I pray these traits will get you by. I hope we can get together sometime soon. May God be with you. Diana and Tom
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A candle was lit by Matthew Mahan on September 30, 2020 6:30 AM
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A candle was lit by Jim Grandone on September 29, 2020 9:53 PM
Message from Tom and Janet Gagen
September 29, 2020 1:07 PM

Jim was an outstanding man and his loss will follow you, his family, forever; but please be comforted by the huge outpouring of thoughts, prayers, and reminisces from the many who will remember him always. I guess we knew Jimmy a lot better than Jim, but his sterling personality and wonderful ethics surely have been passed on to his son. May God bless your entire family and may Jim find his place in the House of the Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Tom and Janet Gagen
Message from Richard Asperger
September 29, 2020 8:42 AM

From a fellow Assumption High School Friend....May God be with you and your Family.
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A candle was lit by Rich Asperger on September 29, 2020 8:40 AM
Message from Gerry and Barb Hasenstab
September 28, 2020 10:19 AM

Please accept our condolences at Jim’s passing. We just can’t find the words to adequately express how very sorry and saddened we are for you and your family. Jim was such a wonderful guy and we just pray that loving memories of him will help to see you through this difficult time. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Barb and Gerry Hasenstab
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A candle was lit by Steve McBride on September 28, 2020 8:44 AM
Message from Pat (Egan) Hamilton
September 28, 2020 6:41 AM

My condolences and prayers to Jim's family and friends. Jim was a classmate of mine in grade school at Immaculate Conception, East St. Louis, IL. I have wonderful memories of the Kassly family through the years at our small parish. Upward and onward Jim, you were always a kind and polite person.
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A candle was lit by Pat (Egan) Hamilton on September 28, 2020 6:28 AM
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A Cottage Garden Fireside Basket was sent on September 28, 2020

To Flo and Family We love you! From your friends/students in PCC.

Message from William Johnson
September 27, 2020 9:19 PM

Came to know the Kassly family very well growing up. My dad, George Johnson, was a member of East St. Louis American Legion Post 53 Firing Squad and we spent a lot of time there on South 9th St. for Honor Guard Duty during visitations. When my folks were in a serious accident on the way to Southern Missouri for a family outing, Jim’s uncle came to pick us up after they were released from the hospital. My Mom, Elva, had to be on a stretcher. These were the days when the funeral homes ran the ambulance service also. Well, the ambulance broke down in Pacific, MO and we had to wait for them to send another ambulance down. Jim handled my brother Jim’s funeral details and not to long ago, Mom and I were down there and visited with Jim about her details. She will be saddened to hear of his passing. Our prayers and condolences go out to our friends, the Kassly’s, for their great loss. God Bless and may He grant you Peace.
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A candle was lit by Elva M. Johnson and son William R. Johnson on September 27, 2020 9:09 PM
Message from Cindy McGarvy
September 27, 2020 5:17 PM

My Dear Cousins, my heart is heavy for what you are experiencing. I lift you each up in my Prayers (Anita, Jeff, Liz, Chaz, Cel, Flo, Doll & Joe). Today & All the days ahead may you all find Comfort in your Memories & in the Love that Jim had for Each one of You. Hold each other Close & know that Family & Friends hold you Close in our Hearts & in our Prayers! Gods Blessings Upon Jim & His Entire Family!
Message from Carissa Sadler
September 27, 2020 3:29 PM

My deepest condolences to the Kassly family for their loss. I spent many lunches taking care of Jim and his son Jim and they are both such wonderful people. I also was able to spend some time working with Deloris before the pandemic and I hate to see such good people suffer from such a loss. You are all in my prayers and I hope that you're able to find peace.
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A candle was lit by Carissa Sadler on September 27, 2020 3:27 PM
Message from The Endrijaitis Family
September 27, 2020 2:03 PM

We are sad to see such a great man called to God’s table, but we are grateful that we were graced with such an outstanding example of compassion and empathy. We grieve with your family and hope that knowing how much Jim helped others in this same situation will give that same comfort to his own family.
Message from Jim & Donna Keefe
September 27, 2020 12:35 PM

Our deepest sympathy to the entire Kassly family. Jim was a good friend and we shared a lot of great times, memories,laughs and events from the old Assumption days. Know he will be missed but will live on through Lori and his kids and future grandson. He will be that guiding light to watch over all of you.
Message from Elizabeth Cutler
September 27, 2020 11:55 AM

Please accept my sincere condolences on Jims passing.. He was such a kind and compassionate man. He helped our family get through sad times. At thise times where it seemed hard to maintain control, Jim was there to guide us through. Your family is our thoughts and prayers.
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A candle was lit by Elizabeth Bartsch Cutler on September 27, 2020 11:48 AM
Message from JOHN MALLETT
September 27, 2020 10:43 AM

Lori, Jim and Renee

WE are heartbroken to hear of Jim's passing. We didn't see you guys very often but loved you all. Jim was such a great friend to all; who new him and a wonderful member of the community. He will be missed. There are no words to help you with this pain. He is taking care of the friends that need him now, All our love to you all,

John. Elyce, Tim, Tina and Andy Mallett
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A candle was lit by John and Nicole Steen on September 27, 2020 10:40 AM
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A candle was lit by John and Nicole Steen on September 27, 2020 10:40 AM
Jimmy, We are so very sorry for your loss and send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your dad was a very kind and caring man. Our hearts are with you, friend! Love, John and Nikki
Message from Frank Cange
September 26, 2020 11:53 PM

I knew Jim from Fr. Karban's Scripture class. He was a very kind and quiet person. I just saw him at Fr. Karban's funeral in July. So sorry to hear of his passing. He will be in my prayers
Message from Sandi Nahriri
September 26, 2020 4:26 PM


So sorry to hear of your brother's passing.

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A candle was lit by John and Elyce Mallett on September 26, 2020 3:14 PM
Message from There Fosters
September 26, 2020 8:52 AM

Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your loved one Jim. Our prayers for the family. May God wrap His loving arms around you all and give you peace,
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A candle was lit by Erasto Arteaga and the Arteaga / Sierra Family. on September 26, 2020 7:54 AM
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A Small Dish Garden was sent by Danielle Buss on September 25, 2020
Message from Claire Martin
September 25, 2020 5:33 PM

Anita and Geoff, and the rest of Jim's family, my sincerest condolences on your loss.
Jim was known and loved by so many. What a wonderful life he enjoyed.
Message from Gene and Kay Weil
September 25, 2020 10:46 AM

We were both grieved to hear of your loss and we extend to the Kassly family our most sincere sympathy on Jim’s passing.

Gene and Kay Weil
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A candle was lit by Rita Sudholt on September 25, 2020 9:25 AM
Message from Mark Salanik
September 25, 2020 8:32 AM

Jim was a gentleman. Even though it was almost always on a sad occasion, it was a pleasure to see and talk with him. May he rest in peace.
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A candle was lit by Carol Becker on September 25, 2020 8:28 AM
Message from Judy Costello
September 25, 2020 7:18 AM

My deepest sympathy to your family. Jim was a great guy, he was one of the best. He always provided comfort to the grieving families at their most difficult time. He will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this most difficult time.
Message from Melissa, Christina (former students of Mrs. Kassley), Cheryl and Allen Lanter
September 24, 2020 10:10 PM

Mrs. Kassly and family,

Our deepest sympathy on your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts. May God bless your family.

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A candle was lit by Jeanne M McLain on September 24, 2020 9:53 PM
I am so very sorry for your loss, my prayers go out to your entire family.
Message from Rick Haas
September 24, 2020 8:16 PM

Just wanted to pass on our deepest sympathies from my wife Sue (Cleveland) Haas and myself. Sue and Jim went to grade school together, and Jim and I have been friends since high school. We had an opportunity to rekindle our friendship when I rented the house on the Mortuary grounds while our house was being built. When a friend told me about Jim's passing it hit me hard. Jim was so genuine. I'm not sure that I have ever talked to anyone who listened so intently. You just knew that he cared about what you were saying and it made you feel so special. I will miss our talks, and I will miss that smile. He was special. Lori, I am so sorry for your loss.
Message from Kristin
September 24, 2020 7:35 PM

I would like to extend my sympathy to the Kassly family. I met Jim on a tour to Lithuania during the summer of 2018, where we got to experience the quadrennial music festival held in Vilnius. I remember his enthusiasm for learning about the history of the country that was such a large part of his cultural heritage. It is good that he pursued that interest while he was able to do so.
Message from Barb ((Prelitz) Pruckler
September 24, 2020 7:35 PM

Growing up near Jim and his family left me with some of the best memories of my young life. And after the passage of many years, Jim was always a welcome and comforting sight for me and my family as we navigated losses, a steadfast friend at our sides. Each meeting felt as if time had not really passed. I’m saying goodbye too soon- God bless you, your family and loved ones. You were blessed with the kindest of hearts, Jim, and you will be greatly missed.
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A candle was lit by Barb (Prelitz) Pruckler on September 24, 2020 7:12 PM
Message from Tammy Rieckenberg and Richard Carlyle
September 24, 2020 5:35 PM

Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Jim. We are just one family of so many that Jim helped in dealing with the passing of our own family members. He was such a kindhearted, warm and friendly person. Always putting our family at ease and making the most difficult thing in life a little easier. My aunts and uncles grew up with Jim and his siblings and my Grandpa Easton preached a lot of funerals at the Kassly mortuaries. Jim made a huge impression on our friends and extended family with his warm and friendly way at my mother's passing just 9 months ago. He will leave a lasting mark not only on his community but on all that knew him. Please know that you are in our prayers.
Message from Walter & Barbara Schmid
September 24, 2020 5:33 PM

You have our sympathy for the loss of your loved one. Our condolences to all of the family. Jim always had a smile on his face. We always enjoyed listening to his stories when he would come to our shop. He was always a kindhearted man. GOD BLESS! May he rest in peace.
Message from Emily Cange Collins
September 24, 2020 5:24 PM

My deepest sympathy to the entire Kassly family. Prayers for peace and comfort to all.
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An Island Dreams Fireside Basket was sent on September 24, 2020

You were a true friend. We will miss you greatly. From your loving cousins, Lasky and Norkunas Families

Message from Norm and Terry Kastner
September 24, 2020 1:34 PM

So very sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. He was such a nice man.
Message from Richard J Otto
September 24, 2020 1:17 PM

My deepest sympathy to Jim's wife and family. What a wonderful guy who was loved by many. As a former college friend, the Benedictine College community is saddened by his passing. May he rest in peace.
Message from Lisa and Marty Abilez
September 24, 2020 12:14 PM

We are sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was always very happy with a smile on his face. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children, as well as with the rest of his family and friends. He will be greatly missed!
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A candle was lit by Julie Williams on September 24, 2020 11:52 AM
Message from Pat Beyersdorfer
September 24, 2020 11:18 AM

My deepest sympathy to the Kassly Family.
Message from Melissa kassly
September 24, 2020 10:45 AM

So sad to hear this!
I have fond memories of the Cahokia funeral home. Him jumping out and scaring me (a LOT! Lol) in that long hallway in between the flower room and main part of the funeral home.
Wagging his finger at me for traipsing my muddy dogs through the fh

So very sorry for your loss
Message from Mary Deatherage Boide
September 24, 2020 9:48 AM

I attended Holy Angels with Jim and saw Jim numerous times through our family funerals and others. I am so sorry for the loss to the Kassly family and he is a great loss. He always greeted you with a smile or a mild mannered joke. RIP Jim
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A candle was lit by Mary (Deatherage) Boide on September 24, 2020 9:44 AM
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A Medium Dish Garden was ordered on September 24, 2020
Message from Gary L. Cox
September 24, 2020 7:11 AM

My condolences to the Kassly family. I met Jim After high school through a couple of his Assumption classmates. He came to visit Eastern Illinois U. (1975) with John Gleeson and we hung out. He was a good guy. R.I.P.
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A candle was lit by Dalia & Ray Lee on September 23, 2020 10:28 PM
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A candle was lit by Diane and Mike Britton on September 23, 2020 9:50 PM
Message from Janet Hall
September 23, 2020 7:51 PM

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss! My family, both Harpers and Levy's, have relied on Kassly Mortuary in our times of need, and it feels like we've lost one of our own. May God strengthen and hold you close in the coming days. He was a blessing to so many of us!
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A candle was lit by Karen Manso on September 23, 2020 7:10 PM
Message from Jim Allsup
September 23, 2020 7:07 PM

My sincerest condolences to the entire Kassly Family. Jim was always just a great, great class guy for the many decades I’ve known him all the way back to the ‘70’s, including the comfort he always provided my family and myself when we were bidding our loved ones adieu. I’m sure Jim is enjoying the same comfort now he always provided so many, he surely deserves it.
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A candle was lit by Veronika Stancius on September 23, 2020 6:53 PM
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A candle was lit by Sydney and Rick Driscoll on September 23, 2020 5:59 PM
Message from Sandy (Kassly) McClelland
September 23, 2020 5:31 PM

Lori, Jimmy, Renee and Family-
My heart truly breaks for you all . I was only 10 when Jim started work with my dad and I have so many fond memories of him. Always a smile on his face, a story to tell, a lesson to teach, always busy doing something. Thoughts and prayers with you all now and in the days ahead. Jim touched so many loves and will be missed.
Message from Kathy (Cook) Raish
September 23, 2020 5:12 PM

I am so very sorry to hear about Jim's passing. I went to Holy Angels grade school with Jim. Even back then, he was such a nice guy. I was able to catch up with Jim a couple years ago at my Aunt's wake, and he was the same kind person I remembered. May he rest in peace.🙏
Message from Steve Hornacek
September 23, 2020 5:05 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Kassly family and staff. Saddened to hear of Jim’s passing.
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A candle was lit by Ray & Pat Barks on September 23, 2020 5:04 PM
Message from Wally Platz
September 23, 2020 4:56 PM

God Bless you Jim !! And many prayers for your Family too....Gone too soon but won't be forgotten !
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A candle was lit by Wally Platz on September 23, 2020 4:51 PM
Message from Deacon Al DuBois
September 23, 2020 4:35 PM

My deepest sympathy and prayers. Jim was a very sincere and caring person and many times we had good conversations also every person that was in need of his service he treated not on a business level but treated them as a personal family and sincerely cared for them. May Jim now rest in the peace of Christ. May God Bless the family in this difficult time.
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A candle was lit by Deacon Al DuBois on September 23, 2020 4:28 PM
Message from Steve Hornacek
September 23, 2020 4:26 PM

My thought and prayers go out to Kassly family and staff. I’m so deeply saddened to hear the passing of Jim. He’s been a friend and the entire Kassly family for many many years that goes back to the early days in E st Louis. He was a great man and will truly be missed! My wife too passed away in May and there was Kassly’s again for such a great service even during the heart of the pandemic. Special thanks to Mark and the whole staff.
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A candle was lit by Steve Hornacek & family on September 23, 2020 4:06 PM
Message from Mascoutah IL
September 23, 2020 4:05 PM

Dear Lori,
We are so very sorry to hear of the death of your husband. Our sympathy to you, your children and the rest of your family.
Sincerely, Barbara (substitute teacher at Mascoutah Grade School)
and Karl Bretz
Message from Jack, Debbie Baker
September 23, 2020 3:59 PM

We are so sorry to hear this news. Jim, you were a Blessing to us and a true friend. You have touched so many hearts, always in a very good way. You have been a great person to so many. You will be missed dearly. God be with you.
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A candle was lit by Joe and Vickie Pusateri on September 23, 2020 3:50 PM
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A candle was lit by Mr.& Mrs. Richard Stockley and family on September 23, 2020 3:44 PM
Condolences to the entire Kassly family on Jim's passing, he was always very gracious and kind during some of our families most difficult times over the many years. Everyone is in our thoughts & prayers.
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A candle was lit by Kathy Luksza Morrissey Plummer on September 23, 2020 3:21 PM
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A candle was lit by Cathy Bryant on September 23, 2020 3:18 PM
The Kassly family has been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard about Jim. My sincere condolences.
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A candle was lit by John & Danute Lasky on September 23, 2020 2:59 PM
Message from Pat (Bauer) Wilber
September 23, 2020 2:23 PM

So sad to hear of Jim’s passing. Went through Holy Angels with him and remember him from a couple STA/AHS reunions as just the nicest guy. My prayers are with his family.
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A candle was lit by Russell Doll on September 23, 2020 2:07 PM
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A candle was lit by Richard Bargiel on September 23, 2020 1:25 PM
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A Loving Embrace was ordered on September 23, 2020
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A candle was lit by The Darnall Family on September 23, 2020 12:20 PM
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A candle was lit by Susan (Lubeck) Morrison on September 23, 2020 11:59 AM
Message from Susie (Lubeck) Morrison
September 23, 2020 11:56 AM

It is with a heavy heart that I send my condolences to the entire Kassly family. I am so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. My prayers go up for all of you. I grew up on 36th Street in E. St. Louis not far from Jim and his family. Jim helped us get through the loss of my parents, Paul and Rita Lubeck. His great smile and loving demeanor will certainly be missed by many, many families who he has helped through their difficult times. Rest In Peace, Jimmy. Love and prayers.💔🙏🏻🙏🏻
Message from Brian McEvilly, D.C.
September 23, 2020 11:50 AM

My sincere condolences to the Kassly Family. May the Lord hold you all close during this difficult time. My love to you all.
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A candle was lit by Susan Lubeck Morris on September 23, 2020 11:35 AM
Message from Deacon Tom Powers
September 23, 2020 10:58 AM

I am stunned to learn of Jim's passing. Please know that the entire Kassly family are in my prayers.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
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September 23, 2020 10:01 AM

My Love and Prayers to the whole Family. They were so nice when my Sister passed.
Message from Percy McKinney
September 23, 2020 9:42 AM

The Kassly and Kruta families have always had a special place in my heart. As one who was born on "Goose Hill" your families were always inspirational. James was truly "Good People". Blessings, percy mckinney
Message from Anna M Sczurek Beever
September 23, 2020 8:47 AM

So sorry for your loss of Jim. I was saddened when I heard the news. He left us way to soon. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. He will always be remembered and loved by many. Sending you my deepest sympathies. Prayers🙏🏻
Message from Ron and Melanie Wondolowski Grimm
September 23, 2020 8:35 AM

Dear Kassly Family,
Our heartfelt condolences to all of you. We will miss his smiling face and friendly personality. My grandmother immigrated to the USA with Mr. Kassly. Ron went to Assumption with Jim. Our girls went to Althoff with the Kassly children. And we've had a longterm business relationship with Kassly's with so many of our family members passing through Kassly's. Take care of each other.
Ron and Melanie and Family
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A candle was lit by Robin Tennefoss on September 23, 2020 8:08 AM
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A candle was lit by Margie and Steve Hemmer on September 23, 2020 7:57 AM
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A candle was lit by Janina & Arvydas Norkunai on September 23, 2020 2:52 AM
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A candle was lit by Stase Norkuniene on September 23, 2020 2:47 AM
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A candle was lit by Aurelija Norkunaite on September 23, 2020 2:47 AM
Message from Alice McEwen
September 23, 2020 1:21 AM

To the entire Kassly family I want to say how sorry I am for your loss. Your family obviously has been part of my life for many many years. Jim and Charlie leading the way. I am so sad for you having to go through this. Sincerest deepest sympathy.
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A candle was lit by debra Eilering on September 23, 2020 12:21 AM
Message from Becky Manso
September 22, 2020 9:53 PM

This is so unbelievable. I’m so sorry for all the Kassly family especially Jim’s immediate family. He surely was the nicest sweetest man I know. His kind words to everyone were always needed. He will be so missed. Prayers for all.
Message from Kay Wilson Diekemper
September 22, 2020 9:12 PM

His smile always lit up a room. I am so very sorry for your loss. May he always be remembered for his genuine kindness to all he met. May God comfort your family
Message from Sherry Alvarez Mourey
September 22, 2020 8:52 PM

Forever Remembered, Forever Missed
Thoughts and prayers for The Kassly Family 🙏🏻
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September 22, 2020 8:51 PM

To the Kassly family: I am the daughter of "ReRe" (Maria) Cueto-Hartlein and she is just devastated. Jim was in her class and she really thought he was the perfect example of a good man and a beloved friend. Jim has been there for us so many times over the years, holding us in our deepest moments of grief and even sneaking my mom into his office to relax for a few minutes at my dad's wake (Dad was 46 when he passed, mom just 43). I will never forget the poem on the wall of the basement, "Gone From My Sight". It has provided me peace many times over the years and I hope as we grieve for Jim's sudden passing, that others on that distant beach are taking up the glad shout of, "Here he comes".

Deepest sympathy from the entire Cueto and Hartlein families.
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A candle was lit by Sherry Alvarez Mourey on September 22, 2020 8:47 PM
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A candle was lit by Nancy Legendre Allred on September 22, 2020 8:28 PM
Message from Nancy Legendre Allred
September 22, 2020 8:26 PM

No words can express the sadness I felt when I got this news! It was like no way, not Jim! Jim Kassly was one of the sweetest, kindest, caring human beings on earth! So sad to hear of his passing! Sending heartfelt prayers and my deepest sympathy to his family! Rest In Peace dear friend.... see ya on the other side some day!
Message from Joe English
September 22, 2020 8:22 PM

Rest in Peace, my friend. I will miss seeing you and reminiscing our Raven Football days. A great Pioneer and a remarkable Raven Football Teammate. Prayers to your family and friends
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A candle was lit by Bernard & Colleen LaBlance on September 22, 2020 8:17 PM
Message from Delores McClain
September 22, 2020 7:55 PM

I am heart broken to hear this. I have known Jim since grade school. He was one of the most kindest and carrying Man I have ever known. Rest In Peace Jim. You will be missed. Prayers to the family. 🙏🏼💔😢
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A candle was lit by Kathy Kassly on September 22, 2020 7:46 PM
Message from Gary A Gorsich
September 22, 2020 7:43 PM

I was floored when I heard this news. Jim and the entire family have been so good and helpful to us through the years. I remember his mom from when I delivered the newspaper to them, and of course Florence. May gods peace and love be with you all through these times. I will miss his smiling face greeting me in the years to come. Jim's absence will leave a big hole in our lives..
Message from O’Fallon
September 22, 2020 7:14 PM

Lori, please accept my warmest condolences, I am deeply sorry for your loss!
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A candle was lit by Joyce Blankenship on September 22, 2020 7:07 PM
Message from Darlene Gailius Smallwood
September 22, 2020 5:58 PM

This is absolutely heart wretching! I have known Jim almost my entire life. We attended school together at Holy Angels. My deepest sympathy to his wife, children and the entire Kassly family. The world has lost a true gentleman.
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