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Airport Board honors former chairman

Cassens made honorary chairman for life

STERLING – There was a time when former Whiteside County Airport Board Chairman Jack Cassens wouldn’t leave town for any reason if it meant missing a meeting, his daughter said.

So Laurie Myers was glad to see the panel honoring her dad’s 43 years on the board with a framed resolution Tuesday at Coventry Village.

“I think it’s great that his work on the board has been recognized,” Myers said. “He was pretty dedicated.”

The board approved a resolution last summer to honor Cassens and to make him honorary chairman of the board for life. The 84-year-old was the actual chairman for 29 years, until June. 

Current Chairman Stan Domack said Cassens was a very good chairman.

“We got a lot of things done that might not have been taken care of with a little coaxing here and there,” he said. “Things were taken care of.”

The board was able to buy equipment for the airport and get projects done under Cassens’ leadership, such as runway repairs, Domack said.

Cassens wasn’t a pilot, but he took an interest in the airport, Domack said.

“He thought it was something that would benefit the county. You never know what businesses might come here because of the airport.”

Jeri Robinson, secretary of the airport board, said Cassens helped to bring commuter air service to the county.

“He was a good leader,” Robinson said. “I think Jack was always looking to the future and the betterment of the airport board, serving Whiteside County.”

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