Harold “Hoppy” Cassida, age 93, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, at the Elim Nursing Home in Watertown, with Sharon, Annie and Ami at his side.
A memorial service will take place Monday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Elim Home in Watertown. There will be a gathering of family and friends from noon to 1 p.m., prior to the service. Interment will be in the Osawatomie Cemetery in Osawatomie, KS.
Arrangements are with the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.
Harold was born Sept. 24, 1923, in Osawatomie, KS, to Ivan D. and Bessie (Clary) Cassida. He grew up in Osawatomie, and had memories of picking up laundry on his bicycle so his mom could wash it to make money during the Depression.
Harold graduated from high school in Osawatomie in 1942.
He married E. Marie Johnston in 1943, and shortly after, went to work for Great Lakes Pipeline (now Williams Brothers Pipeline), where he worked until retiring in 1986.
Harold and Marie made many moves during his years with the pipeline. Their last move was to Alexandria, in 1957, where they made their home from then on.
After retiring, Harold began delivering Meals on Wheels. At one time, he was the only person who delivered meals in the Alexandria area.
Harold was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Marie; daughter Diane Tvrdik; son-in-law Cole Tvrdik; daughter-in-law Janis Cassida; and by his second wife, Rosemary (Peterson).
He is survived by his loving family: children Steven Cassida of Spokane, WA, Sharon (Michael) Shaw of Watertown, and Gary (Julie) Cassida of Bloomington; grandchildren Brendan Cassida, Steven (Meg) Tvrdik, Heather Mackenzie, Heidi Shaw, Christopher (Tiffany) Shaw, Jenny Cassida, Nicole Cassida, Erin Cassida, Keegan (Jordan) Freer, Sarah Sanders and Tabitha Fieste; great-grandchildren Tyree Mcgee, Bradyn Mackenzie, Kaidyan Shaw, Colton Shaw, Patrick Tvrdik, Adeline Tvrdik, Josephine Tvrdik and Rowan Freer; and by numerous friends he made wherever he lived.
Harold will be missed by all who knew him. This year, he spent his first Thanksgiving in the arms of Jesus and with Marie. May he rest in peace.