James Harold Cassel, 60, worked at RR Donnelley, outdoorsman, athlete, animal lover

By on June 22, 2016

James Harold Cassel, 60, of Denver, died peacefully at his home in the presence of his family on the morning of June 14, 2016.

Born in Sellersville, on June 12, 1956, Jim was the youngest child of the late Dr. Harold K. and Evelyn R. Cassel (Hafler). In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister: Nancy J. Cassel.

Jim is survived by his constant companion of 37 years and wife of 32 years, Patricia Orbock (Griest); children: Ezra James Cassel (fiancé Morgan Slovin); and daughter Jasmine Jay Stauffer (husband Donald Stauffer); sisters: Barbara Christopher, of Conway, S.C.; J. Susan Ludwig, wife of Earl, of Telford; Donna Godshall, wife of David, of Hatfield; brother: Donald Cassel, husband of Suzanne, of Chadds Ford; and beloved collie: Louie.

Jim was a 1974 graduate of Souderton Area High School and attended Millersville State College, where he played basketball for the Marauders. He was a loyal employee of RR Donnelley and Sons for 40 years, where he was a digital graphics premedia technician, known as The Judge.

Jim was a hard-working man who loved the home that he built. He was a tinkerer who enjoyed woodworking, hobby farming, and gardening. Jim also loved animals, nature, the outdoors, and catching the big fish.

As a talented athlete, Jim loved to teach his children, enjoying golf with his son, mini-golf with his daughter, as well as basketball, volleyball, and tennis. And when he wasn’t playing, he was watching. That Jimmy-Jam also loved his music and getting together with college friends.

Jim was a loving husband and father, who devoted his life to making his family happy. He will always be proud of his son’s career in renewable energy and his daughter’s pursuit in the medical field at the PA program at Penn State Hershey.

As a quiet, peaceful man, Jim was adored by friends, family, and in-laws alike. He fought valiantly for a cure for over two years, and continues to fight after death by donating his body to Research and Medical Education.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation in Jim’s honor to aid in Lymphoma research at givingpages.upenn.edu/casselscure.

Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals, Ephrata, is assisting the family. To send an online condolence, visit gravenorhomeforfunerals.com.

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