Elmer Michael Casey Jr.
September 6, 1943 - June 2, 2021
Colonel (Ret.) Elmer Michael (Mike) Casey, Jr. MD, age 77, died on Wednesday June 2 at Madigan Army Hospital as a result of complications due to COVID-19.
Beloved husband of 45 years to Linda E. Casey, devoted brother of Laurette Alkidas of Rochester Hills, MI, James Casey of Tacoma, WA and David Casey of Costa Rica; fond uncle of Laura, Alex, Marisa, Lianne, Kristy, Marina, Michael and David Lee.
Mike was born and raised in the Chicago, IL area and attended West Point Military Academy from 1964-1967 and served as a Signal Corps Officer in Vietnam (1967-1968). Upon returning from Vietnam, Mike attended Loyola School of Medicine College obtaining his MD in 1973. Mike also attended and graduated from the ICAF (Industrial College of Armed Force) in Washington DC in 1981.
Mike served in the US Army for over 30 years as a Flight Surgeon/Prevention Medicine Officer with more than 10 tours of duty including other roles such as Deputy Commander of Madigan Medical Center at Ft Lewis WA, Commander Womack Army Hospital Ft Bragg NC and 18th Medcom Commander, Seoul, South Korea.
During his Army career, Mike obtained numerous commendations including: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, completion of US Army Ranger School training and Flight Surgeon for the US Army Silver Eagles.
Mike was a member of St. Theresa RC Church in Federal Way, WA as well as member/sponsor of the Seattle Theater and Music community and an avid Seattle Seahawks fan, being a seasoned ticket holder for >20 years.
Mike’s legacy of accomplishments and devotion to country, God and family will be missed by all that knew and served under him.
Mike will be remembered and his life celebrated in future commemorative services at St. Theresa RC Church in Federal Way, WA and Tahoma Military Cemetery in Kent, WA.
The family requests that memorial gifts be made in support of lymphoma research at UW Medicine. Checks should be made payable to the “UW Foundation-Lymphoma Program” and mailed to: UW Foundation, Box 359505, Seattle, WA 98195. Please indicate that the gift is in memory of Dr. Mike Casey or you may make a gift online at https://online.gifts.washington.edu/peer2peer/campaign/lymphoma-research.”
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