Kaiser Kasabian, age 80, passed away Wednesday, November 19, 2008, at his residence. Kaiser was born in Racine on October 18, 1928, son of the late Hyrabed and Elisa (Nee: Arakian) Kasabian and was a lifelong Racine resident.
Kaiser was a graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 1947.” On June 10, 1952, at Zion Lutheran Church, he was united in marriage to Ardys L. Olson. During the Korean War he served in the United States Navy. He was employed by Precise Products and then by J.I. Case Company for thirty-two years, retiring in 1991. Kaiser was a member of the J.I. Case “20 Year Club,” and a lifetime member of the Racine Yacht Club. He loved sailing and actively sailed his star boat in the Wednesday night fleet races. Above all he treasured time spent with his family and will always be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors include his wife, Ardys; his four children, Curtis (Marcy) Kasabian, Susan Kasabian, all of Racine, Kari Lee (Daniel) Rasmussen of Nisula, MI, and Ben (Jackie) Kasabian of Racine; his ten grandchildren, Kim (Eric) Haigh, Dan (Corey) Kasabian, Season (Jason) Hofner, Ty (Julie) Ewing, Kelly (Keith) Danielski, Brian Sullivan, Michael Rasmussen, Haley (Greg) Tarnowski, Ben Kasabian Jr. and Nathan Kasabian; 13 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Wallace E. Olson and William Hawkins, both of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his grandson, Timothy Sullivan; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ben and Evelyn Olson; brother, Jack Kasabian; and sister, Lucy Hawkins; and also by other relatives and many dear friends.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, November 24, 2008, at 11 a.m. Interment with full military honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Memorials to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888