Casey Wilke was born on July 3, 1918. He grew up on a farm near Affton, Missouri.
Once the Great Depression hit, they couldn’t even get a nickel for a quart of strawberries. The whole family had to go to work. Casey’s first job was at a service station, where he worked for two years earning ten dollars a week. After leaving the service station, Casey worked as a baker.
In his free time, he went to dances with his friends where he met his lovely wife, Fern. They married when he was 22 and she was 18. While living with her parents, they saved enough money to buy their own home.
When Casey was 26, he went into the army. Casey was charged with teaching the younger men how to bake. He also worked in the warehouse as the leading man loading and unloading ships. After three years, he made his way back to his wife and home.
Once home, he took a job at Lake Forest Pastry. The owner paid for him to go to classes to learn even more baking. He worked for more than 30 years at that bakery and loved it.
Casey and Fern had two daughters and one son. They also had six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. They all fill him with pride.
His favorite family trip was going to the Lake of the Ozarks. When he retired, the couple loved to go to Florida and spend the winters. They also loved to travel in their R.V. They visited 48 out of the 50 states.
“I had a very nice life. Not many people have had a more enjoyable life than we did,” Casey said. “All the money in the world wouldn’t have made it any better.”