James Michael Casper, 80, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at his home.

He was born in 1936 in Hays. He received his undergraduate degree from Fort Hays State University in 1964

He married Laura Elaine in 1962. He was in human resources management for three Kansas companies, Hutchinson Royal, Clay Center, Ace Electric, Columbus, and Cobalt Boats, Neodesha.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years; his family, Stephanie Grinage and son-in-law, Richard; Sarah Short and son-in-law, John Short, and children Alaura and Kathryn; Timothy Casper and daughters, Andie Stalder, her husband, Garrett Stalder, Allison and Abigail Casper, and Timothyís partner, Jennifer Crozier, Todd Casper, daughter-in-law, Julie, sons, Matthew Casper and Michael Lowe; Suzanne Steele and son-in-law, Walter Steele and children, Trisha Steele, Sturling Steele and his wife, Tara; Thomas Casper and daughter-in-law, Heidi Casper and children Hannah, Sophie, TJ, Sadie and Michael Casper.

He was preceded in death by his parents; seven siblings, Harry, Don, George, Martha, Pauline, Nick and Paul; and two grandchildren, Nicholas and John Patrick Short.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Peterís Episcopal Church; private family burial will be at a later date.

Family will receive friends following the service.

Memorials are suggested to St. Peters Episcopal Church and/or The Short Family Fine Arts Scholarship Fund in care of Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS 66762.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.brennermortuary.com.