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May 22, 1944 – December 16, 2022

Kenneth Gerald Casperson, 78, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 16, 2022, after a brave battle with cancer and Alzheimer’s.  He was surrounded by his loving family at his home in Buffalo, MN.

Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:30 AM on Thursday, January 19, 2023 at Zion Lutheran Church, 1200 Highway 25 South, Buffalo, MN 55313. A gathering of friends and family will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of the service and a luncheon will follow the service.

Ken, one of four children, was born on May 22, 1944 to Carl Ludwig Casperson and Kathryn Harriet (Flaa) Casperson of North Minneapolis, MN.  He graduated from North High School, Minneapolis in 1962.

After high school, Ken enrolled in Augsburg College in Minneapolis. After one year he took a break from school to enlist in the Army, serving in Germany.  He then returned to Augsburg College, where he excelled at football and wrestling, making the Augsburg Hall of Fame for both. He met the love of his life while attending Augsburg, they were married on August 10, 1968 at St. Lukes Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN.  They were blessed with over 54 years together as husband and wife.

After graduating from Augsburg in 1970, he started work at Buffalo Senior High School, teaching Social Studies, History and Psychology.  He also worked as assistant coach for track, football and wrestling, eventually becoming head coach of wrestling.  During his teaching years, he also coached little guy football and wrestling. He dedicated himself to teaching and coaching for ten years, positively impacting generations of students.  While teaching, he also worked part time at Hennepin County Home School, eventually taking a full-time job with the Hennepin County Juvenile Probation Department as a probation officer.  He worked to help wayward youth until his retirement at age 62.

Ken loved the outdoors and cabin life.  He enjoyed many hours of time at their family cabin on Roosevelt Lake in Outing, MN, a place that was where he was truly at peace, spending quality time with family and friends.

Ken’s life can be summed up with one phrase – devotion to family and friends.  His love for his wife, children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews and friends was extraordinary.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Casperson; four children, Peter (Jill Lescarbeau) Casperson, Emily Casperson, Ingrid (Brian Brosdahl) Casperson and Bartholomew (Cody) Casperson; grandchildren, Ivan Pugachov, Samantha Lescarbeau, Katya Pugachova, Nadya Pugachova, Kendrick Casperson and Theo Casperson; In laws, Kathy Casperson, Cynthia Casperson, Saul (Mary Kay) Stensvaag, John Mark (Nancy) Stensvaag, Rebecca (Wayne) Kosbab; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Kathryn Casperson; brothers, Carl Casperson and Paul Casperson; sister, Karen Casperson; father and mother in-law; John and Hannah Stensvaag.

Memorials may be given to these organizations who offered invaluable support and help to our family this summer and fall or to any one of your choice. If you would like your donation to be accepted in Ken’s name, please include that information with the donation. 

Outing Quick Response, P.O. Box 44, Outing, MN 56662

Hospice Support Foundation, 7755 3rd Street North, Suite 200, Oakdale, MN 55128

The family wishes to extend a sincere thanks to Zion Lutheran Church, St. Croix Hospice and appreciation for your love, friendship, support, and prayers.

 

17 Guestbook Entries

  1. Delbert Point

    Mr. Casperson was a great teacher and coach. He talked me into joining the Wrestling Team and then the Football Team at a time when I needed the discipline associated with team sports.
    He also talked me out of quitting and gave me some great advice in the form of a quote from Teddy Roosevelt that he hand wrote on the back of a winter sports schedule. I still have it and consider him to be one of the people who changed my life for the better.
    He will be missed!

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  2. Mark MInkler

    Ken was a fellow staff member and friend at BHS while I worked there. He was a passionate and caring teacher. He will be missed and remembered by many as a good man. Mark Minkler

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  3. Christine Larson Husom

    What a fine man and great teacher! Prayers of comfort and peace for your family.

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  4. Mari Valli Moy

    Mr. Casperson was a very positive influence for his students and athletes. My family is grateful for the great person he was. May he be at peace. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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  5. Kristi Wagner

    Casperson’s, you are all in our prayers. We have many fond memories spending time with your family. Ken was a bright light that will be missed. Prayers and hugs to you all.

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  6. Andrea Johnson

    “Ken’s life can be summed up with one phrase – devotion to family and friends.” What a loving and powerful legacy. Thinking of you all as you share the memories and love. Andrea Johnson

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  7. Del Haag

    Ken was a great guy that will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to the Casperson Family during this difficult time.

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  8. Cynthia and Matthew Casperson

    Ken’s love and strength will continue to leave an indelible imprint on our memories~ The True Spirit Of A Hero.

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  9. Melissa Stephens

    We are with you in spirit as you celebrate Ken’s life. He had a generous and kind heart. I loved his quick smile and laughter, especially when he was the one telling the joke! Ken will be missed by all who knew him. Hugs across the miles.

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  10. Theodore C Callerstrom

    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Casperson.
    He was one of the most influential people in my life.
    Not only was he a passionate teacher, but he was the coach that taught me the most valuable lessons I’ve carried with me through my life. The lesson to never quit, never give up when things get hard.
    He didn’t say much, but he could speak volumes with a single look.
    He’ll be greatly missed.

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  11. Carl Callerstrom

    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Casperson.
    He was one of the most influential people in my life.
    Not only was he a passionate teacher, but he was the coach that taught me the most valuable lessons I’ve carried with me through my life. The lesson to never quit, never give up when things get hard.
    He didn’t say much, but he could speak volumes with a single look.
    He’ll be greatly missed.

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  12. Carl Callerstrom

    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Casperson. He was one of the most influential people in my life. Not only was he a passionate teacher, but he was the coach that taught me the most valuable lessons I’ve carried with me through my life. The lesson to never quit, never give up when things get hard.

    He didn’t say much, but he could speak volumes with a single look.
    He’ll be greatly missed.

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  13. Steve Johnson Longville Mn

    Ken was good guy, very dedicated professional helping young people. Knew him working in Hennepin Co. RIP !!

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  14. Paul Jeske

    Ken was a great lake cabin neighbor. Since we both got to retirement age we had many visits sitting on one deck or the other.
    He will be missed.

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  15. Amy K Wittmann

    My condolences to you, Ruth and your family! I appreciate Ken’s time and support as a Buffalo Library board member and patron. I enjoyed getting to know him there!

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  16. Everett Smithson

    He was my favorite teacher. 1974 in anthropology class he asked me what my caveman methods were to find a mate- I said to him at least I don’t look like one. The whole class laughed. We had a great relationship

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  17. Steven

    First time I met him he broke up my fight in the hallway (1970). He did it without belittling us or yelling, he just calmly got between us and told us to stop. Later he became my wrestling coach and I remember his quote: “Pain is gain”. He was my Football coach also as a Junior and Senior. I respected him highly and liked his humor. God be with his family and give them peace.

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