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111107- Taps-Caselton,Shirley  


Sent: 11/7/2011 8:58:05 P.M. Central Standard Time
Subj: Jean Caselton - Wife of Paul
Hi Max,
My mother, Jean, passed away this past Sunday, November 6.
Sam Goeden recommended I sent Mom's obituary to you for posting in TAPS on the 55th web site.

Shirley Jean Caselton, 82, of Carrollton died on Sunday Nov. 6, 2011 at Heritage Health in Springfield. Born in Livingston on Dec. 6, 1928, she was the daughter of the late John Stewart and Nancy May (Sawyer) Alfeld. She married Paul N. Caselton on Sept. 18, 1950 and he preceded her in death on July 20, 1974. Surviving are a daughter: Sue Caselton of Dallas, TX, three sons: William (Mary Jo) Caselton of Glasgow, Scotland, Paul Caselton of Springfield, and James Caselton of Bloomington, 4 grandchildren: Rachel, Jennifer, Jessica and Michael Caselton. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a sister: Norma Greaves and three brothers: William, Jack and Joseph Alfeld. Jean was a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan College, a member of the Carrollton United Methodist Church, the Greene County Historical and Genealogical Society and the Greene County Farm Bureau. She occasionally played organ at the church. Jean loved her family, golf and her breakfasts at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Carrollton with friends. Visitation will be from 3-7 P.M. on Friday Nov. 11 at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton. Funeral services will be held on Saturday Nov. 12 at 11:00 A.M. at the Carrollton United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Carrollton City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Carrollton United Methodist Church. Condolences may be left online at:

If you'd like to include something about Dad, since he's been gone so long a lot of folks didn't know him, here's my list as best as I can remember (or was allowed to know at the time):

---WWII Bombadier, stationed in England
---55th Navigator from 1954-1962 (Dick Campbell's crew the first few years).
---Office Boy navigator, Eilson AFB 1962-1965
---SR71 mission planning, Beale AFB 1965-1967
---Pentagon 1967-1972 - staff stuff, some SR71 involvement
---Patch Barracks (USEUCOM headquarters) 1972-1974 - Military Assistance Directorate (and then something else I can't remember)

If you have any questions, please let me know.
Best regards,
Sue Caselton

ps: Without my mother, I doubt that I'll be attending any more reunions. I've certainly enjoyed them over the years and will miss them.