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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened
3to learn of the death of William "Bill" Cassens of Quincy,
4formerly of Golden, who passed away on June 14, 2021; and
5    WHEREAS, Bill Cassens was born in Golden to John W. and
6Bertha (Leenerts) Cassens on July 13, 1927; he attended Golden
7High School; he married Rose Marie Ideus at Trinity Lutheran
8Church in Golden on February 27, 1949, and she preceded him in
9death on September 18, 2018; and
10    WHEREAS, Bill Cassens was an insurance salesman for
11Country Companies before retiring after 33 years of service;
12during his career, he was awarded many All-American and
13All-Star trips; and
14    WHEREAS, After retirement, Bill Cassens served as an Adams
15County Assessor for Northeast Township; he also inspected
16homes and farms for Carthage Mutual and Camp Point Mutual; and
17    WHEREAS, Bill Cassens was very active in his church and
18community; he was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran
19Church, where he served as a council member and on the
20cemetery, property, and other committees; he was a founding
21board member of the Golden Historical Society and a chairman



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1of the Centennial Celebration in Golden; he also served as a
2trustee on the Golden Village Board; and
3    WHEREAS, Bill Cassens enjoyed gardening and tending his
4fishpond, which was a favorite of his grandchildren and
5great-grandchildren; and
6    WHEREAS, Bill Cassens was preceded in death by his
7parents; his wife, Rose Marie; his brother, Monroe Cassens;
8his brothers-in-law, Richard Chapman, Lawrence Leenerts,
9Vernon Ideus, and Irwin Ideus; and his sisters-in-law, Lucille
10Cassens, Dorothy Cassens, Geneva Leenerts-Gronewold, Velma
11Chapman, and Ruth Ideus; and
12    WHEREAS, Bill Cassens is survived by his sons, Bruce
13(Sharon) Cassens, Mark (Sandy) Cassens, Dennis (Mary Jo)
14Cassens, and John (Diane) Cassens; his grandchildren, Rob
15(Betsy) Cassens, Ryan (Jennifer) Cassens, Whitney (Jason)
16Mehaffy, Brent Cassens, Suzanne Cassens, Greg (Hannah)
17Cassens, Chad (Gretchen) Nelson, Holly Jo Nelson, Tyler
18(Ainsley) Cassens, Courtney Cassens, Alexandria Cassens, and
19Nicholas Cassens; his 16 great-grandchildren; his
20brother-in-law, Jerry (Sharon) Ideus; and his several nieces
21and nephews; therefore, be it



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1ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
2William "Bill" Cassens and extend our sincere condolences to
3his family, friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it
5    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
6presented to the family of Bill Cassens as an expression of our
7deepest sympathy.