Vernon J. Kaspar, 95, Frankfort, Indiana, died in his sleep at 2:47 Friday morning, Jan. 5, 2018, at Milner Community Healthcare, Rossville, Indiana. Vern was born 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 1950s Vern Kaspar was in a management position at the only TV station in Iowa at the time, WOI Des Moines. By the late 50's, 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 Abdullah, Yassir Arafat, Bishop Tutu, Poland president Jaruzelski, 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. 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 in excess of 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 is most likely holding the oldest FCC license in the United States of America. He was a 32 degree master Mason and was widely known for his generosity.
Surviving are three sons, Victor (Karen) Kaspar, Dunn, North Carolina, Steven (Pat) Kaspar, Warrenton, Missouri, Russ (Susan) Kaspar, 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, Trevor Kaspar; 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and four nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Raymond Kaspar; infant daughter, Susan Kaspar; and granddaughter, Angela Kaspar.
Visiting will be 4 to 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 may make a memorial contribution to the Clinton County Humane Society, Camp Cullom or the Clinton County Community Foundation c/o the Vernon and Lillian Kaspar Scholarship Fund. Visit goodwinfuneralhome.com, where you may share a personal message with the family.
Published on January 5, 2018