Military veteran

Ned Casebeer, 91, son of Thomas and Bessie (Rickard) Casebeer, was born Aug. 15, 1920, at Dykes, Mo.

He was married to Juanita Jeffries on Oct. 11, 1941, in Hartville, Mo.

Ned entered the Army during World War II on Jan. 27, 1941. He was involved in battles and campaigns in Normandy, Ardennes, Rhineland and northern France. While in France, he was wounded, losing his leg on Nov. 10, 1944.

During his time in the Army, he earned 4 Bronze Campaign Stars, European African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Theatre Ribbon, Victory Ribbon, American Defense Ribbon and a Purple Heart. He was separated from the Army on Feb. 23, 1946.

Upon his return after the war, he went to watch makers school. He and Juanita opened Casebeer Jewelry and Gifts in 1950. He was a respected businessman and with his son, Ronald, the store thrived for over 50 years in Houston, Mo.

He was a Christian man with a deep love for God and served through the church in many capacities, Sunday School teacher, Elder and Deacon. He spread God’s love wherever he could, taking every opportunity to lead others to Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Juanita.

He is survived by one brother, Carl Casebeer of Houston, Mo.; son, Roger Casebeer of Bolivar, Mo.; son, Ron Casebeer of Houston, Mo.; four grandchildren, Nita Casebeer-Ankrom Of Dunegan, Md., Charles Hall of Atlanta, Ga., Kary Casebeer-Harrah of Houston, Mo., and John Casebeer of Oklahoma; great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Ned was reunited with God and his wife, Juanita, on Dec. 6, 2011, bound with love and eternal life.

Memorials may be made to Three Rivers Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to

Services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at Evans Funeral Home with Pastor David Miller officiating. Pallbearers were Charles Hall, John Casebeer, Ben Casebeer, Ryan Ankrom, Logan Ankrom and Trevor Ankrom. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

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