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Dateline: Godfrey, Illinois
James Paul Clasby, Jr., 93 of Godfrey passed away suddenly Sunday, October 22, 2017.
He was born December 17, 1923, in Alton and was the son of the late James P. and Julia A.
(nee: Meyer) Clasby, Sr.
A 1941 graduate of Marquette High School, he proudly served his country as a radio operator on B-29s in the United States Air Corp during World War II and later served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
He married the love of his life, Marcella M. Schmidt, on August 14, 1944, at St. Marys Catholic Church in Alton. She preceded him in death on August 29, 2013.
Prior to retirement he was employed many years as a Tank Car Operator at American Oil Company.
He was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church, the Alton V.F.W., and the Godfrey Knights of Columbus. He was a devout family man, enjoyed quality time with his grandchildren, was an avid reader, and in his younger days he served as a lifeguard at the Wood River Pool and played football for Marquette. In later life he enjoyed fishing and playing corkball. Above all, everyone who knew him considered him to be a kind and caring man.
Survivors include a son and daughter in law: Dr. Dan and Patricia Clasby of Effingham,
5 grandchildren: Dr. Daniel Jamie (Dr. Nicole Mares) Clasby of Forty Fort, PA.,
Julia (Joseph) Osborn of Godfrey, Dr. Ryan (Cristina Fernandez) Clasby of St. Louis, MO.,
Christopher Clasby of Springfield, IL., and Caroline Clasby of Clarksville, TN.
6 great-grandchildren; Ella, Benjamin, Sophia, and Jackson Osborn,
Emmeline and William Clasby.
Two sisters, Dolores Maloney and Lorraine Kaiser, also preceded him in death.
Visitation will be on Thursday, October 26, 2017, 4:00 700 pm at STATEN-FINE Funeral Home in Alton. A prayer service will be held at 700 pm with Deacon Jay Wackerly officiating.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 27, 2017, 10:00 am at St. Marys Catholic Church with Father Jerry Wickenhauser as the celebrant.
Interment will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in Godfrey.
Memorials may be made to Marquette Catholic High School or St. Marys Catholic Church.
An online tribute and guestbook may be found at www.staten-fine.com
Published on October 24, 2017
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