North High School Wall of Honor
Larry Vincent Cassaday
Class of January, 1951
Larry Vincent Cassaday

Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS

Larry Vincent Cassaday
Larry graduated from North High in January, 1951. At the time, his next of kin was Mr. H.V. Cassaday, 4101 Ashby Avenue, Des Moines, IA. His service number was _______.
Larry Vincent Cassaday (need correct information to complete)
Year   Rank   Status
January, 1951   x x Graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA
  Schooling x Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS
November 8, 1953 x Personal x Married Phyllis Eileen Miller at the First Baptist Church in Des Moines, IA
November, 1953 x Basic Training x Fort Sill, OK
November, 1953-1955 x US Army x Served in US Army from 1953-1955.
1955 x Employment x Served in the refrigeration business
1965-2000 x Employment x Formed partnership with Don Taylor and started Midwest Refrigeration in Independence, IA
2010 x Retired x Living in Independence, IA.
October 22, 2010   Hospital   At Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN (Intensive Care)
December 6, 2010 x Deceased x In Independence, IA
Boot camp at Fort Leonard Wood, MO; then Fort Smith, AR, then Fort Polk, LA
(Obtain correct information from family)
Fort Sill, OK photo
Larry served at Ft. Sill, OK appropriate caption
From Larry's obituary:
Larry V. Cassaday, 78, of Independence, died Monday afternoon, December 6, 2010, at his home in Independence following a short illness.
Larry was born Nov. 2, 1932, in Des Moines, the son of Harold V. and Orel K. (Griffith) Cassaday. He graduated from the North High School in Des Moines and attended Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kan. On Nov. 8, 1953 he was united in marriage to Phyllis E. Miller in the First Baptist Church, Des Moines. He entered the U.S. Army on November, 1953 serving until his discharge in 1955. Upon his discharge, Larry worked in the refrigeration business. In 1965, Larry formed a partnership with Don Taylor and started Midwest Refrigeration in Independence, Iowa operating it until 2000.
He was a member of the Volunteer Fire Department, Urbandale, The Buchanan County Health Trust, serving as president, the Independence Chamber of Commerce, the Elks Club, the 611 Yacht Club, and the Iowa Grocery Association. He was active in the Republican Party and served on the Congressional Selection Board for the Military Academy.
He is survived by his wife Phyllis Cassaday, Independence, four children: Steve Cassaday, Independence; Tina Thompson, Maxwell; Doug (Carol) Cassaday, and Heidi (Kevin) Tudor, Independence; five Grandchildren: Jake Thompson, Cassidi Thompson, Brooke Cassaday, Brittany Cassaday and Chloe Tudor, and two great grandchildren: Marlo and Eva Thompson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son-in-law Keith Thompson. Funeral services were Friday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence with Rev. Scott Meador officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Independence. Memorials may be directed to the Larry V. Cassaday Memorial Fund, % BankIowa, 230 1st St. E.; Independence, Iowa 50644. For more information or to leave an on-line condolence please go to under obituaries. .Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from December 9 to December 12, 2010
US Army Seal

Field Artillery

Sergeant 1st Class
Larry Vincent Cassaday
US Army

Photo of Larry Vincent Cassaday
in uniform
United Nations Service Medal/Korea; National Defense Medal; Korean War Service Medal; Bronze Star; Korean Defense Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal

Army Presidential Unit Citation

Examples of Medals: United Nations Service Medal/Korea;
Korean War Service Medal;
Korean Defense Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal
(list of appropriate medal/citations coming)
The comprehensive list of names from North High's 1893-2018 graduation classes are from Claradell Shedd's North Des Moines High School website. The names of all North High School graduates can be found online at Larry Vincent Cassaday's class page can be viewed at
Larry Vincent Cassaday
10/21/10: Living in IA. Died 12/06/10.
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