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Raymond Casey Hasey, 1920–2018, passed away in his home on 8/21/18 at the age of 98

Sep. 17, 2018
Category: Obituary

“Casey” to all that knew him, was a born storyteller and continued to write stories until the very end. His most notable piece of writing was his recollection of his war years titled My Bombsight View Of WWII. He was also the last living man to have had “a birds eye view of the world’ s first rocket attack from outer space”. He flew 55 missions in a B26 as a bomber, navigator, gunner, and observer. Including leading 36 bombers to hit their targets that fateful morning at D-Day. In 2015 he received the French Legion of Honor Medal in recognition of his service to France. After the war he finished his Bachelor of Philosophy and went on to earn his LLB and his J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin not far from the farm he grew up on. Always seeking the adventure ahead he moved to California where he married twice and fathered 6 children. He traveled much and spent his life dividing his time between the beauty of California and his beloved Wisconsin. He is survived by his younger brother Sterling “Joe” Hasey 95, formerly of Milwaukee and Palm Desert, his children Raymond Alden Hasey, Mavis Hasey, Dan Hasey, Nick Corley, Matt Corley, 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. His sister Roma Hasey Christopher and his youngest son John Corley precede him in death. Casey is laid to rest at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery. He is happy to be reunited with his squadron in the adventure of the great beyond.

“After a lifetime of always running towards new lifetime experiences, I now will be running towards a new unknown experience. I will be running to a challenge of the everlasting, ever knowing eternity of knowledge. I hope, I hope, I hope.” -Casey

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