December 23, 1939 - November 25, 2015


Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of James O. Kascht, 75, of Paynesville will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 30, 2015 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. James passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Hilltop Care Center in Watkins. Reverend Glenn Krystosek will officiate. Burial will be in St. Louis Parish Cemetery, Paynesville.

Family and Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday and after 10:00 on Monday at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Arrangements are with Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

James was born on December 23, 1939 in Richmond, Minnesota to Andrew and Susan (Lang) Kascht. He graduated in 1957 from Paynesville High School and joined the US Air Force. He married Irma Green on May 2, 1960 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. They resided in Amarillo, Texas while James was in the Air Force and returned to Paynesville in 1962. Together they dairy farmed for 35 years, retiring in 1998. James also dug graves with his brother, Cyril, for eight years and was employed by ACGC Schools as a custodian for three years where he was injured from a fall in August 2001. He suffered traumatic injuries and has resided at Hilltop Care Center since the fall. He was a member of St. Louis Parish.

James enjoyed airplanes and air shows, flying model airplanes, family get-togethers, swap meets, auctions, motorcycle and car races, casino trips, parades, M&M’s and popcorn. He also enjoyed traveling with Irma, from the Pacific Ocean all the way to the Atlantic they have traveled coast to coast. Visiting Pikes Peak, the Indy 500 and many other memorable places. He will be remembered for his love of family, hard work, deep faith and generosity.

He is survived by his wife, Irma of Paynesville; children, Terry (Don) Vait of Clearwater, Jessica Kosbau of Fairfax, Virginia, Mike (Sheila) Kascht, David Kascht, Rachel (Troy) Gilbertson, Barb (Lee) Lund and Bonnie Kascht all of Paynesville; 13 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Rosemary Jedlicka of Paynesville, Helen (Wally) Sondrol of Rice, Harvey (Betty) Kascht of Kansas City, Kansas, Cyril (Linda) Kascht of Paynesville; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Jackie McAnarney in 2014; and granddaughter, Kayla Dawn Kascht in 1994.

Memorials are preferred.

A special thank you to the staff of Hilltop Care Center for their loving and professional care throughout the years.