In memory of

Shirley Reid Lerch Casper

Jan 13, 1925
Jul 18, 2021


Shirley, 96 of Salem, Oregon went to be with Jesus on Sunday July 18, 2021 at The Village at Keizer Ridge. She was born on January 13, 1925 in Ironwood, Michigan to Melvin Carl and Anna Viola Reid.

Her parents had moved to Michigan so her dad could be a miner. Soon after Shirley’s birth they returned to Cedar Rapids and resided there for over 40 years. Shirley attended Fillmore and Roosevelt schools.

Upon leaving high school she briefly stayed with an aunt in Chicago. During the war she worked in the arsenal in Burlington, Iowa, then returned to Cedar Rapids at war’s end. In 1945 she married Roy Frederick Lerch at Iowa City and they moved to their first farm near Ely. In subsequent years they farmed near Toddville, Center Point, Central City and Troy Mills. After retiring from farming in 1960 they lived briefly in Walker before moving to the Vancouver, Washington area in 1961. They attended the First Church of God in Vancouver. For many years she was the cook for the daycare. She was affectionately known as “Miss Cookie.”

Following Roy’s death in 1990 she married Rev. Edwin Casper. They enjoyed travelling throughout America until they moved to Salem, Oregon in 2004.

Shirley possessed an outgoing personality and was among the first to welcome new residents when she lived at Madrona Hills, Mt. Angel Towers and The Village at Keizer Ridge. She was also known for her bling News Boy hat collection.

Her family remembers her as affectionate, compassionate, and possessed with an abundant sense of humor. Reading was always her favorite pastime.

Her love of family was surpassed only by her love for Jesus.

Shirley is survived by two children, Ronald Lerch and Anna LeReid (Mervin DeGrande); a sister, Marilyn Williams (Loren) of Noblesville, Indiana; a brother, Dan Reid (Kathy) of Salem, Oregon; one grandchild, Leanna Chapin (Austin) of Salem, Oregon; and four great-grandchildren: Korie, Dominic, Nicodemus, and Dante.

She was preceded in death by Rev. Casper in 2007.

A graveside service was held for the immediate family at Memory Memorial Cemetery in Vancouver on July 27, 2021.

Service Information

Graveside Service - immediate family
Memory Memorial Cemetery
Vancouver July 27, 2021.

Messages of Sympathy

  1. Patsy says:

    Shirley was my oldest living cousin, I will miss her. We had lots of phone calls and I will miss both her and our talks. She was there for me through tough times and her empathy for others came through during those times. She was always there when I needed her. I fully expected her to live longer but God had other plans. I believe that Shirley, in life, was far happier than unhappy and that's a good life. May she rest in peace.

  2. Rose Regan says:

    Shirley was my aunt. She always had a good sense of humor and and always nice in helping people to. My family moved alot so i didn't get to see her much of her. She is the last of my aunts and uncles. She will be missed.

  3. Staff of Johnson Funeral Home says:

    Thank you for trusting Johnson Funeral Home with her arrangements.

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