Jon "Kasey" Reiser Chase, the son of Diane Reiser Chase of Nickerson and Jon H. Chase of Coos Bay, Ore., was killed in a motor vehicle accident on Highway 30 near Ogden, Iowa, at the age of 23 years, 5 months, 8 days.
Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements where friends and family were able to visit on Deb. 15. A Legion of Mary rosary and a Parish vigil were held at the funeral home. The funeral was held Dec. 16 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison with military honors. He was laid to rest on Dec. 23 in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Dunlap.
Kasey was born June 1, 1987, in Omaha. He was baptized in Christ at St. Patrick's Church in Dunlap and celebrated his first Holy Communion on April 30, 1995, at St. Rose of Lima. He was a smart student in school, first at Denison Community School and then at Woodbine Schools. In high school he participated in various sports, including track, baseball, football and wrestling. He graduated from Woodbine High School in early January 2005 with high grades, and, without anyone knowing, signed up for four years with the U.S. Marine Corps. He was insistent in serving his country. He received numerous awards, including Rifle Expert Badge, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Certificate of Commendation, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, NATO Medal - ISAF Afghanistan, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
Kasey loved to go hunting, from squirrels and rabbits to deer and coyotes, and, well ... just to be hunting made him happy. He was very athletic and tried to always be in good physical shape, so he went to the gym to work out every day.
He had the biggest and softest heart of anyone and was willing to help with anything. He had a contagious, heartwarming smile. He dearly loved his nieces and nephews and remembered their birthdays even when he was at war.
He served one year in Iraq and one year in Afghanistan as a Marine Corps Raider. He was our hero and was looked up to by his buddies fighting the war beside him. He was released from active duty March 20, 2010, with the rank of corporal. He still had obligations with the Reserves until 2013. He was called to do a third deployment in war after his release but, after counseling, the Marines decided he should stay out of war for a while.
He began working with Healthy Home Systems of Carroll and was their top salesman. He loved the work and believed in what he was selling. He was so proud of his paycheck and was making plans for his future. He had just finished a sale at a home when the accident happened.
Survivors include: his mother, Diane Chase (and her fiancé, Thomas Gomez) of Nickerson; his father, Jon Chase of Coos Bay; two sisters, Alissa Flores (and her fiancé, Oscar Arguello) and Kendra Suarez (and her husband, Luis), all of Denison; stepmother, Kayleen Chase of Belle Fourche, S.D.; stepsister, Charleen Wendt (and her husband, Randy) of Neola, Iowa; stepbrother, Patrick Wilson of Woodbine, Iowa; his maternal grandparents, Ron and Alice Reiser of Denison; his paternal grandmother, Faye Chase of Dunlap; his maternal great-grandmother, Lavina Blum of Denison; five nieces; a nephew; and his special friend, Heather Lawson of Dunlap.
Kasey was preceded in death by his paternal grandfathers, Guilford Chase and Gene Swanson; great-grandfathers, Wilfred Schwarte and Ivo Blum; great-grandparents, Frank and Mary Reiser; and an aunt, Alice Campbell.