Leonard Merle Casdorph, age 86, of Cocoa, Florida, departed this life on Thursday, September 27, 2018, and entered Heaven’s gates to be reunited with his loving wife, Norma. Also, preceding him in death were his parents, Leonard M. Casdorph and Edith Abshire Casdorph, and his brother, Bobby Gene Casdorph. Merle leaves behind Ruth M. Garland, (Lowell), his devoted sister and a brother, Donald H. Casdorph, (Frances). Also, left to mourn his passing are his son, Mark E. (Terri) and daughter, Debby (Roquet) Schoolcraft (Tom). Merle also leaves behind two grandsons, Ryan and Aaron Roquet, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to those who will greatly miss him are his life-long close friends, Chuck and Phyllis Holmes.
Following his six-year stint in the Navy, Merle was employed by the Materials Division of the West Virginia Department of Highways as a Senior Engineering Technician, special-izing in concrete quality assurance as well as underwater bridge pier inspections. He was very inquisitive by nature and never shied away from learning new technologies. He was an avid reader and kept a log of the thousands of books he had read.
Merle became an instant Floridian when he and Norma moved to the Cocoa area in 1986. He was a steadfast volunteer in the very early days of the development of what many refer to as a “little piece of Heaven”, i.e., Forest Lakes of Cocoa. He was always proud to tell newcomers that he moved the first housing unit from the Biblia RV Park to the budding Forest Lake Retirement Community. His many official, as well as unofficial titles, included president of the Forest Lake Association and in later years he served as the treasurer. For a number of years, he wrote the monthly Forest Lakes Newsletter and always included some wise words from Pete the Pelican. He was well known for his electrical, building and maintenance trouble-shooting skills that so many relied on in the early days of this growing community. Along with his wife, Norma, he was active in the Senior Golden Life program and served as the volunteer grounds keeper and all-around handyman for the nearby Central Community Church formerly associated with Biblia RV Park.
Merle was at home in the water and took full advantage of the lake at his back door spending time swimming and fishing with his grandsons as well as just taking a dip at the end of every day. Merle had numerous friends and made each one feel special.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 30th at 2pm at the Forest Lakes Community Clubhouse. All are welcome to come and share a memory of this gentle caring person that so many knew by his unassuming smile and dedication to family and friends.
The family would like to thank the staff of Island Healthcare Center, Merritt Island for their kind and generous care provided to Merle during his stay at the center.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society