CAPTAIN, USAF (Retired) ALIOUS JOE CASEY (AL)
Alious J. Casey (Al), 87, took his final flight on August 29, 2014, to join the Angels in Heaven, after a long, saddening and yet courageous decline due to Parkinson’s disease and related dementia. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on February 9, 1927. His family moved to Pensacola in 1939 and he graduated from Pensacola High School in 1944.
In 1944, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He entered active duty and graduated from Officer Candidate School in September 1946. He earned his wings as an electronics-countermeasures officer and later served as a navigator/bombardier. He served for 22 years in numerous stateside and overseas duty locations including Japan, Iceland, and Europe. He was a Korean War veteran. He retired from the Air Force in 1966, but never lost his love for the military, becoming a USMA (West Point) Admissions Field Rep. and mentoring interested local students. After his Air Force retirement, he graduated from the University of Tampa with a BS in Business Administration and joined Boeing in Huntsville, Alabama, working on the Apollo moon program. In late 1969, he returned to Pensacola and taught in Escambia County public schools. He earned his master’s degree in Education from the University of West Florida in 1973 and then worked as an Education Specialist with the US Navy civil service.
As a young lieutenant, Al married his childhood sweetheart, Marjorie Wiggins, in November 1946. Thus began a loving relationship that lasted over 67 years and produced three sons, Michael, Patrick and James.
After their retirement, he and Marge enjoyed many years of travel including most of the U. S. and Europe and many cruises. He enjoyed military history and flying out of Ferguson’s. When not reading, he could be found in his workshop, “making sawdust”, as he would say. A very creative person, he was adept at home remodel projects and could re-purpose common items to new functions or art objects. He became the “go to guy” around the neighborhood for the widows and “tool time challenged”. He had a great sense of humor, a soft heart and a special love for dogs. He greatly missed his dachshunds, Gus and Sammy.
Al was a long-time member of the Gateway Church of Christ. He was a 50-year member of Escambia Lodge #15, F&AM, the Scottish Rite and the Shriners, and was a member of the National Sojourners. He was also a life member of the Air Force Association and the Reserve Officers Association.
Al was preceded in death by his parents, Annie Maude Barefield and Alious A. Casey.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marjorie, and his three sons, Michael A. Casey (Colleen) of Portland, Oregon; Patrick J. Casey (Jill) of Cornelius, Oregon; and COL James R. Casey (Irina) of Buda, Texas; three grandchildren, Hannah, Kristen, and Gaelan, and two step-granddaughters, Sherry and Shelly.
Visitation will be 10:30 a.m. Friday September 5, 2014 until service time at 11:30 a.m. at Waters & Hibbert Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Pensacola.
WATERS & HIBBERT FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.