Jun 142013

Dr. Robert Joseph Casey, 69, passed away on Friday afternoon, June 7, 2013. A Memorial Mass was celebrated June 13 at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Show Low, and was immediately followed by a celebration of his life.
He was born May 28, 1944, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dr. Casey attended Borromeo Seminary and John Carroll University before enlisting in the Marines. He attended Case Western Reserve University and earned a master’s degree in social work before deciding to follow his heart and go into medicine by attending the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he earned his D.O. in 1976.
After medical school he moved to Milwaukee, Wis., where he opened the After Hours Family Medical Clinic, a very successful medical practice catering to families who might otherwise have little access to general medical care. In 1983, he moved to Phoenix, where he continued medical work, opening a free medical clinic for those in need as well as maintaining his own private practice. In 2001, he relocated to Show Low, where he served the White Mountain community as both a solo practitioner and as a physician at Summit Health Care Hospital.
Dr. Casey will be fondly remembered for his genuine concern and easy familiarity with all his patients. Any former patient will likely remember Dr. Casey both running behind schedule and yet also staying in an exam room far longer than most doctors as he questioned, explained and even simply chatted with his patients. Friends and family will remember his nearly larger than life personality and his never ending desire to learn a little more about nearly everything.
Survivors include his sister, Mary Palenchar; four children, Patrick Casey, Robert Ian Casey, Erin Casey and Robert J. Casey Jr.; his three grandchildren, Kieren Casey, Sean O’Connor and Eleri Casey; and his wife of 20 years, Diane Reyes-Casey, who was at his side when he passed.
Owens Livingston Mortuary-White Mountain Chapel of Show Low was in charge of the arrangements.Casey, Robert