Cecil Sylvan Cassens was born February 23, 1918 in southeastern South Dakota. He lived with his parents, Leonard and Ada Cassens at Emery until the family moved to Forestburg when he was 18 years old.
He worked on the family farm and served in the US Army from 1942 to 1946. On July 15, 1946 he married Ethel Krantz in Luverne MN. They lived on the Cassens’ farm east of Forestburg for more than fifty years before moving into Mitchell.
Cecil enjoyed farming and was a good steward of the land he loved. He served on the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee in Sanborn County for twenty years (1962-1982). He also served on the Forestburg School Board and the Union Township Board of Sanborn County for many years. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Jackson-Hall Post 47 at Artesian SD. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and visiting relatives in Sweden, Norway and Wales, as well as making winter visits to Texas and Arizona.
He is survived by a daughter, Helen (Ben) Zoss of Forestburg, a son, Kenneth Cassens of Edgemont; two sisters, Sharon Griffith and Nancy (George) Scheer; a brother, Jim Goetz; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel, an infant daughter, Lila Ann, a son, Carlton two brothers, Dean Goetz and Gordon Goetz and a sister, Yvonne Griffith.