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Paul J. Casel

January 20, 2024

Paul Casel Obituary

Paul J. Casel passed away on January 20, 2024, at the age of 84, surrounded by members of his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 27th, 2024, at St. Joseph Key West Church with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Private Entombment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Paul was born on March 8, 1939, in Maquoketa, IA, the son of Merlin and Eileen (Carew) Casel. In his youth, Paul attended a one-room schoolhouse near Otter Creek, IA where both his mother and grandmother served as his teachers. He then later attended Maquoketa High School where he was a member of the Class of 1956. 

 Upon graduation, Paul enlisted in the US Navy. He served as a gunnery mate on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hancock. His naval service took him to the Far East where he was primarily based in Japan. 

After serving his two-year enlistment, he returned home and began working at the Dubuque Packing Company. Paul worked at “The Pack” for 42 years. In addition to his position in shipping, he was also a leader within UFCW Local 150A for over 30 years. Paul specialized in pension and retirement benefits, especially advocating for those who had been laid-off, and in many contract negotiations. Paul also worked part-time for Bradley-Beck Insurance Company for a number of years. 

Paul met Jeanette Welter at a dance in Kieler, Wisconsin and, after deciding she was "the one” they were married on August 6, 1960, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville, WI. They had four sons, whom he loved and was very proud of. As a dad, Paul stressed having respect for yourself, others, as well as your property.  This meant a clean and well-maintained home, car, garage and yard. Family dinner time was at 5:30 p.m. each day… ”Not 5:31!” 

Paul and Jeanette enjoyed socializing with friends.  Fun times included dancing at Happy’s Place and the Melody Mill, and family vacations at Lake Delton, WI, where they boated, water-skied, and had lots of laughs around the campfire with many cherished friends. He bowled and played Euchre, belonging to the same card club for over 50 years with special friends the Funke’s, Soat’s, Lindsay’s and Heying’s. He loved sports, watching and cheering for the Cubs, Packers, and Iowa Hawkeyes. 

 After their sons started their adult lives, Paul and Jeanette enjoyed traveling to various cities around the country to visit them and their grandchildren. Paul and Jeanette lived their entire lives in the Dubuque area, until moving to Kansas City, Missouri in 2019 to be closer to family. 

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Jeanette, sons Kevin, Kansas City, MO; Mark (Susan) Southlake, TX; Greg (Julie) Liberty, MO; Jim (Roberta deceased) Columbus, Ohio.  Grandchildren: Christopher (Ella) Brooklyn, NY; Jonathan (Aleks) Brooklyn, NY; Gretchen, Fort Worth, TX; Austin, Mission, KS; Brooks (Molly) and their son Jamie, Liberty, MO; and Caroline (Truman State U, MO); sister Mary Jane (Ken) Bahr; and sister-in law Rosemary Vaassen and nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws Oscar and Cecilia Welter, sister Geraldine (Charles) Althoff, brother-law Norbert Vaassen, and brother and sister-in-law Norbert (Margaret) Welter. 

 In lieu of plants & flowers a Paul Casel Memorial Fund has been established. Memorials can be sent to the Leonard Funeral Home, Dubuque, IA.  

The family wishes to thank the staff at Lindenwood Village for their wonderful care of Paul. 

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January 27, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Joseph Church Key West, Mount Olivet Cemetery

Mass of Christian Burial
January 27, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Joseph Church Key West, Mount Olivet Cemetery


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