Meadville Tribune

December 27, 2013

Clarence (Butch) Kasbee

Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — Clarence (Butch) Kasbee, 59, of Meadville passed away at Meadville Medical Center on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. He was born Aug. 16, 1954, in Grove City, a son of Thomas A. Kasbee and Margaret L. Schell Kasbee. He married Jeanne Elaine Williams on June 10, 1978. She survives.

Butch graduated from Lakeview High School in 1972, then went on to graduate from Grove City College in 1976.

Butch owned Yesterday’s News in Meadville from 1976 to 1981. He then opened the Travel Experience of 255 Chestnut St. in 1982 and Tub Liners Unlimited of 255 Chestnut St. in 2008. Both are currently operating in Meadville.

He was a member of Sandy Lake United Presbyterian Church, and a member of First Presbyterian Church, Meadville. He was a member of Elks Lodge 219, Free and Accepted Masons of Lodge No. 408 of Meadville, lifetime member of the Order of Merlin of Youngstown, a member of the Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Downtown Business Association. He had also served four years on City Council.

He enjoyed emceeing and participating in both Meadville and Titusville Follies. He was an avid golfer, loved to travel and especially loved the ocean. He was very proud of his salt water fish tanks. He was an outdoor enthusiast from an early age. He enjoyed the time he spent detailing his cars and was often seen walking his dalmations around town.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jeanne W. Kasbee of Meadville; a daughter, Diana Turrisi and her husband, TJ, of Meadville, and two sons, David Kasbee of Meadville, and Darren Kasbee and his wife, Chrissy, of Pittsburgh; a grandchild, Kendall Rae Kasbee; his parents, Thomas A. and Margaret Schell Kasbee of Sandy Lake; two sisters, Sheila Martin and her husband, Timothy, of Gulfport, Miss., and Susan Criss and her husband, Michael, of Collegeville. He is further survived by three nephews, Joshua Martin of Gulfport, Ethan Criss of Washington state and Elliot Criss of Ashville, N.C.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Family and friends may call on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hatheway-Tedesco Funeral Home & Crematory, 614 Baldwin St., Meadville.

The funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. Brian Jensen of First Presbyterian Church officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute, 16792 Conneaut Lake Road, Meadville, Pa. 16335.

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