Allen Cassens '58

06/13/2014

Allen Cassens '58 passed away on 6/13/2014. This obituary was published in Edwardsville Intelligencer.

Allen R. Cassens, age 77, of Edwardsville, Illinois, died at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 13, 2014, at his home. Allen was Chairman of Cassens Corporation. He served on many boards including Southern Illinois University Foundation, McKendree College, TheBank of Edwardsville, and Allison's Friends of Hope. Allen was born July 22, 1936, in Granite City the son of the later Arnold H. & Clara (Strohmeier) Cassens.

He married Linda (Cohn) Braly on September 25, 1969, in Hamel, Illinois. Besides his wife Linda, Allen is survived by 2 sons, Jeff Cassens & wife Kris of Summerville, South Carolina, and Doug Braly & wife Angela of Indianapolis, Indiana; 11 grandchildren, Brian Cassens & wife Stephanie, Ashleigh, Rebecca, Hollie, & Alex Cassens, Matthew Butcher, Jeffrey Butcher, Clayton Cassens, Tyler, Matthew, and Rachel Braly; 1 great granddaughter, Mina Cassens. He was preceded in death by 3 daughters, Deborah Braly, Jill Butcher, and Allison Cassens Hutchinson and a sister, Audrey Carlton.

He was a trustee at McKendree College since 1996 and served on the Development and Academic Committees. Allen received the Friend of the University Award, one of the highest awards given by McKendree College. Allen was a member of the Executive Committee of the National Automobile Transportation Labor Division for decades. He was extremely active in numerous national contract negotiations as well as arbitration.

Allen was an avid flyer having many type ratings from helicopters to P-51 Mustangs. He loved traveling, music, dancing, photography, boating, and was an antique car collector. Allen served in the U.S. Army Reserves at Ft. Leonardwood.

Family requests memorials be given to Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center, 1700 Pacific Avenue, Suite 1100, Dallas, Texas..