Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is among the Missouri Democrats mourning the death of former state Rep. Ron Casey, D-Crystal City, who died Sunday of injuries suffered in a fall at a relative’s home.
Mr. Casey, 61, had represented southern Jefferson County in the state House from 2005 through 2013, leaving because of term limits. Earlier, he had served 12 years as a county commissioner.
Nixon, who hails from Jefferson County, said in a statement Monday: “Georganne and I were saddened to learn of the passing away on Sunday of Ron Casey, a man who was a dedicated public servant to the citizens of Jefferson County for more than 20 years. Ron also was a loyal friend to many people, including me, and a man who lived out his faith every day. Ron’s family, including his sister, brothers, nieces and nephews, are in our thoughts and prayers.”
Mr. Casey died early Sunday at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, where he had been airlifted several days earlier. He had fallen Thursday and hit his head on a concrete floor, relatives said.
State House Minority Leader Jake Hummel, D-St. Louis, said Mr. Casey “was one of the most well-liked members of the House on either side of the aisle.” Mr. Casey was particularly known for his attention to constituents’ concerns, Hummel said, citing his practice of writing personal notes to those who had contacted his office.
Ron Casey was a graduate of Festus High School, and worked for more than 22 years in various jobs connected with Jefferson County government. He and his family also owned the My Place residential facilities in Festus and De Soto.
Visitation is set for 2-8 p.m., Tues., Feb. 18 at Second Baptist Church of Festus, 723 Horine Road. An additional hour of visitation is to begin at 9 a.m., Wed., Feb. 19 at the church. The funeral service follows at 10 a.m.