Vernon J. Kaspar, 95, of Frankfort died in his sleep at 2:47 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at Milner Community Healthcare, Rossville.
Vern was born on Jan. 15, 1922 in Sioux City, Iowa to Charles and Alma (Goering) Kaspar. He married Lillian Lundgren on Sept. 2, 1944 and she preceded him in death Aug. 20, 1999.
Vern graduated from Iowa State College in 1945 with degrees in physics and engineering. A veteran of World War II, he enlisted in the Navy and completed officer training school at Princeton and Columbia in 1945. In the early '50s, Vern was in a management position at the only TV station in Iowa at the time, WOI Des Moines. By the late '50s, Vern and Lillian Kaspar purchased WILO AM 1570 at the age of 39. Kaspar Media now includes some 10 AM/FM/translator stations in Indiana and Missouri and other holdings.
Vern and Lillian Kaspar traveled extensively with other members of the press and personally interviewed world leaders including Saudi King Abdula, Assir Arrifat, Bishop Tutu, Poland president Jarwarski, King of Jordan, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Vern Kaspar traveled behind the Iron Curtain before its fall and visited Cuba and editorialized to open up relations there before Clinton did the same. He broadcast on the radio from Havana, Cuba.
He had many interests, visited 61 countries and enjoyed learning something each day. He enjoyed observing national and international politics and delivered hundreds of editorials on WILO, WSHW, KWRE and KFAV over the years. He was an advanced extra amateur radio operator and able to send and receive Morse code in excess of 60 words per minute.
Vern was inducted into the Indiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame in October 2004. He was a former board member of the National Broadcast Editorial Association. At the age of 13, he received his FCC License, and he is most likely holding the oldest FCC license in the U.S.
He was a 32-degree master mason and was widely known for his generosity.
He is survived by three sons, Victor (Karen) Kaspar of Dunn, North Carolina, Steven (Pat) Kaspar of Warrenton, Missouri and Russ (Susan) Kaspar of Frankfort; 10 grandchildren, Dawn (Sam) Constance, Don Boisvert, Kelli Jo (Bill) Shroyer, Justin (Kelly) Kaspar, David (Michele) Kaspar, Benjamin (Megan) Kaspar, Ryan (Fiancée, Lafayette Deon Kelly) Kaspar, Alex Kaspar and Trevor Kaspar; 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Four nieces also survive.
Preceded in death were his parents; a brother, Raymond Kaspar; infant daughter, Susan Kaspar and granddaughter, Angela Kaspar.
Visiting will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 with services 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Burial will follow in St. Luke Cemetery, north of Frankfort. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the Clinton County Humane Society, Camp Cullom or the Clinton County Community Foundation c/o the Vernon and Lillian Kaspar Scholarship Fund. Please visit goodwinfuneralhome.com to share a personal message with the family.
Published on January 5, 2018