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Vernon J. Kaspar

Vernon J. Kaspar, 95, of Frankfort, died in his sleep at 2:47 a.m. 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 Kaspar 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 Kaspar was in a management position at the only TV station in Iowa at the time, WOI Des Moines. By the late ’50s Vern, 39, and Lillian Kaspar purchased WILO AM 1570.

Kaspar Media now includes 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 Abdullah, Yasser Arafat, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Polish President Jarwarski, the 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 PClinton did the same. He broadcast on the radio from Havana, Cuba.

He had many interests, he had visited 61 countries, and Vern 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 as fast as 60 words per minute.

Vern Kaspar 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 most likely held 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, N.C., Steven (Pat) Kaspar of Warrenton, Mo., and Russell (Susan) Kaspar of Frankfort; 10 grandchildren, Dawn (Sam) Constance, Don Boisvert, Kelli Jo Kaspar and husband Bill Shroyer, Justin (Kelly) Kaspar, David (Michele) Kaspar, Michael (Lindsey) Kaspar, Benjamin (Megan) Kaspar, Ryan (Fiancée, Lafayette Deon Kelly) Kaspar, Alex Kaspar, Trevor Kaspar; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and four nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lillian Kaspar; a brother, Raymond Kaspar; infant daughter, Susan Kaspar; and granddaughter, Angela Kaspar.

Visiting will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, with services 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Burial will follow in St. Luke Cemetery, north of Frankfort. Memorial contribution may be made 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, where you may share a personal message with the family.