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Paul Casey

Paul Allen Casey

April 18, 1952 — Sept. 30, 2017

From Richland, WABorn in Richland, WA

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Paul Allen Casey

At 11:07 A.M. on Saturday September 30, 2017 Muscular Dystrophy claimed the most amazing husband, father, and friend.  Paul Allen Casey succumbed to his life long battle peacefully and with dignity surrounded by his wife Kathy and children Marcus, Adam and daughter-in-law Christie. 

Paul was born in Richland on April 18, 1952 to Ann and Emery Casey.  He spent a blissful childhood with his older sister Nancy and his faithful cocker spaniel Boots.  He spent most of his summer days at the river with his best friend Jim Schirado, Boots and his trusty BB gun.  When he was a pre-teen he took on a paper route to earn spending money and rode his bike all over the Benham Street neighborhood in Richland.  His customers remembered him fondly for several years.  In high school he went to work at the Albertson’s store on Lee Boulevard with the DECA program.  He graduated from Columbia High School (Richland High) in 1970.  He continued to work at Albertson’s while he attended Columbia Basin College.  In 1972 he transferred to Washington State University where, in 1975, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business.

Upon returning home he immediately went to work for Bechtel in the Time Office at the Fast Flux Test Facility.  In 1978 Paul transferred to New Jersey with Bechtel for a short period of time.  The east coast was not to his liking.  His parents flew back to New Jersey and the three of them drove back cross country to Richland.  The journey bonded them forever.

Paul went back to work as a timekeeper and later computer operator with WBG at Hanford 2.  In 1983 he went to work with UNC in Safeguards and Security.  In 1987 he went to work for Westinghouse Hanford Co. also in Safeguards and Security. He later transferred to Duke at the 100K Area as Plant Security and later to Fluor Hanford where he worked in Corrective Active Management.  He retired from Fluor in September 2008.

When he returned from New Jersey he resurrected his relationship with Kathy and they were married on June 20, 1981 at Christ The King Catholic Church.  They were blessed with their first child, Adam Christopher, prematurely on June 17, 1982.  He was four months early and weighed 1-1/2 pounds.  His miracle survival was never doubted by his faithful father though there were many stressful moments.  Adam came home from hospital in September and Paul was laid off in Oct.  He stayed home with his little man for the next year while Kathy remained working for Rockwell.  Paul often said those were the best 51 weeks of his life.  Adam thrived under his care. On June 13, 1985 they were blessed with their next son Marcus Allen. 

Paul always loved the earth and was fascinated by farming and livestock.  Their first home together was an acre of land on Red Mountain Road where they built a modest home for their little family.  They planted a huge garden and raised beef, pigs, chickens and children.  In 1992 they moved the family into town so the boys could participate in cub scouts and after school activities.  In 2006 Paul started showing signs of his MD.  It was becoming difficult for him to climb the staircase so they moved to their current home at Horn Rapids.  After his retirement his MD ravished him swiftly. He went into a wheelchair in 2010 and never walked again.

Paul is preceded in death by both parents, his beloved sister Nancy as well as his precious corgi Daisy.  He is survived by his devoted wife of 36 years Kathleen, his sons Adam (Christie), and Marcus; his brother-in-laws Allen (Ellen), Gary (Ida); his Father-in-Law Dean; his nephews Brian (Katie), Michael (Kelsey), niece Karen (Joe) as well as many cousins and a wealth of friends.  The family wants to send a special thank you to all the young caregivers that took care of him over the years, especially Nick Myles, Josh Williams, John McAlerney and Travis Brown. Also Home Instead Senior Care and the Palliative Care staff at the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy.  Your support will forever be appreciated. 

Funeral services will be held at the Event Center at Sunset Gardens on Sunday October 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM.  Interment will follow at the gravesite with a celebration of life at the Event Center afterward.  In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Paul’s name to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 101 W. Indiana, Spokane, Wa. 99205-4828.  www.mda.org.

email: spokaneservices@mdausa.org.

 

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  • Kathy, Our sincere thoughts and prayers for you and the boys during your time of loss. Rest assured Paul is at peace now. There is no more pain, no more hurting. God Bless.

    Dave & Laura True
    Oct. 13, 2017
    Richland WA
  • I worked with Paul when he was at Bechtel and my regret was not keeping in contact for all these years, it's sad that we can't even to say hi to a fellow human being. He was a good person and I know he will be missed by many. Kathy, take care, I am sure you will have many great memories.

    Robert Posenauer
    Oct. 13, 2017
    Boyertown, PA
  • I worked with Paul in the 1980's in Safeguards & Security. I have many fond memories, but one in particular stands out--the party he threw with the intention of getting our little group to help paint the new fence at your home on Red Mountain. It was worth a try, but don't recall much painting got done! Remembering Paul always makes me smile. We had many a good giggle over just about anything. He was a special man who loved his family dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Vicki Locati

    Vicki Locati
    Oct. 9, 2017
    Pasco, WA
  • Paul was always fun to work with, great attitude and sense of humor. Paul and Kathy were great together, good hosts and they new how to have fun. Really sorry to hear of his passing-way too young. Our thoughts and prayers to Kathy and their Family.

    John and Vicki Cole
    Oct. 8, 2017
    West Richland, WA
  • I was sorry to hear about Paul's passing. I had the privilege of knowing Paul and working with him during his time at 100N Area with UNC and 100K Area with Duke. The word that first comes to mind when I think of Paul is uplifting. Every time we spoke, even if we were venting frustrations about work, we ended up laughing. Makes me smile thinking about it even now. He had a wonderful, down-to-earth sense of humor. I know that others who worked with him in those days had the same impression. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Please know that he was an important part of our N Reactor family and even those of us who did not keep in touch after his retirement, will always remember him fondly.

    Ronnie Feil
    Oct. 8, 2017
    Kennewick
  • It was a pleasure and an honor to work with Paul in the Fluor Corrective Action Management Program. Always pleasant, and displaying an active sense of humor, he was a faithful and helpful work comrade, and a good conversationalist. We often delighted in sharing opinions on some of the absurdities which probably exist in any bureaucracy. Paul made the world a better place. For example, my life has been enhanced by an association with him. Paul will surely be missed.

    Don Mannion
    Oct. 7, 2017
    Richland, WA
  • Paul was a classmate from Richland High School. I remember we had numerous classes together. He was genuinely a good guy. Unassuming and he had a very easy going demeanor. I was shocked when I heard he passed. My condolences to all the family.

    Rick Herrington
    Oct. 6, 2017
    West Richland, Washington
  • I was so sorry to hear about Paul's passing. My son, Nick Myles loved this man. I had the honor of meeting Paul at a Tri-City Americans hockey game that Nick brought him to. What a beautiful person he was. Our condolences to you and your family.

    Laura Engh
    Oct. 6, 2017
    West Richland
  • My thoughts and prayers are with Paul Casey's family. May you find peace and comfort in your many memories of Paul.

    Norma Johnson
    Oct. 6, 2017
    Gregory, SD
  • Paul was two years older than me and an adopted big brother. The Casey family lived across the street on Bernard for the first 3-1/2 years of my life, and Paul was always kind and helpful, even as a young boy. When my family moved to Birch, Paul and I continued to cross paths at Christ the King, RHS, and WSU. He was ever kind, friendly, and gentle, and always smiling. A few years ago we reconnected on Facebook and he shared photos of Adam and Marcus. He was so proud of them! He was a family man through and through, and Kathy was the joy of his life. It's hard to see him go, yet I'm grateful that Paul has exchanged his sick body for the new, improved, eternal model! Much love to the Casey family in these days of grief.

    Vicki Owens
    Oct. 6, 2017
    Kampala, Uganda
  • Worked with Paul for several years with SAS at Hanford. Good man, always cheerful. My condolences to his family.

    George Garton
    Oct. 5, 2017
    Horn Rapids, Richland, WA
  • I am very sad to hear of Paul's passing. We worked together at 100K for many years and he was one of the finest people I worked with. My prayers are with his family.

    Mark Jensen
    Oct. 5, 2017
    Kennewick
  • Well, Paul, you and Jim are now goofing around together once again. The thought of the two of you reunited in your friendship makes my heart sing. Neither of you lived the long lives you both deserved and both of you struggled with bodies that were simply defective. That's all behind you now. Imagining you free of your illness, making all the angels laugh and smile with your amazing wit must be the comfort your family and many friends take comfort in. Make sure Jim behaves. God's most precious blessings to your family.

    Vicki Schirado Sirl
    Oct. 5, 2017
    Boise, ID
  • I have known Paul since Jr. High. He was a nice boy and grew to be a nice and kind man. I was so saddened to learn of his struggles with M.D. and his passing. He always seemed to me to have a gentle spirit. I will forever remember him as such. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family during this time.

    Catherine Johnson-Pearsall
    Oct. 5, 2017
    Bullhead city, AZ
  • I'm so sorry to see that Paul passed away. Paul and I graduated high school and he was genuinely a good man. My husband Don and Paul were cousins. Don's father and Paul's mother were siblings. Wrapping you and your family in prayers and hugs. I will be out of town and not back until Sunday evening. Sorry that I can't be there.

    Terry Buechler
    Oct. 4, 2017
    West Richland, WA
  • Paul was one of the nicest, kindest, gentlemen I ever knew. He was devoted to his family. He was a friend, a co-worker, and an inspiration in how he managed his illness with great courage. His wife Kathy was an inspiration in her care and dedication for Paul. My sincerest sympathy to his family. He is free of the pain and disability now. Rest in Peace dear friend.

    Thomas Brown
    Oct. 4, 2017
    Richland, WA