Brother of 1971 classmate Jennifer Casati-Zajicek.Published in the Columbia Tribune Sunday, August 3, 2008Robert Peter "Bob" Casati, 57, died Wednesday, July 30, 2008.
A family service is planned.
Bob was born Jan. 2, 1951, in Nuremberg, Germany, to U.S. Col. Robert H. Casati and Jane Casati.
In his life he was a father, son, brother, uncle, artist, sportsman, salesman, gallery owner, teacher and friend.
He was a 1969 graduate of Hickman High School. There he excelled in football and track and was a class president. At the University of Missouri, he studied art and was a member of the freshman football team and Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He graduated from Columbia College with a bachelor of fine arts in 1975 and earned a master of fine arts from the University of Cincinnati in 1978.
From youth through adulthood, he won many art awards. His collections are found in colleges, businesses and homes, locally and elsewhere. A diorama depicting the evolution of man is a permanent fixture at the MU School of Anthropology. A mural, painted in North Carolina, where he spent many years, can be seen in the Kevin Costner movie "Bull Durham."
"Bob was a hell of a good artist," said Columbia College retired art Professor Sidney Larson, who mentored Mr. Casati. He was a fine gentleman and friend to everybody he encountered."
Marion Guffey, who knew Mr. Casati for most of his life and owns several of his art pieces, recalls the time he brought her a painting. "He showed up at my house one Christmas dressed as Santa Claus and produced a gift from underneath his outfit. It is a beautiful watercolor and rivals any Monet I have ever seen. Bob was very gifted. He always had humor, which I will miss," Mrs. Guffey said.
His nephews remember him for orienting them to art and the outdoors.
"He instilled in me a passion for golf, fishing and painting," Daniel Lipscomb said. Daniel believes being exposed to art by Mr. Casati helped him with the decision to study architecture.
Nephew Benjamin Lipscomb, a fisherman and golfer, said, "I remember once we went to the smallest pond, and he pulled out the biggest lure and caught what we figured was the largest fish, a 5-pound bass."
His creative talent was complemented by his athletic prowess. In the 1970s and ’80s, Mr. Casati won tournament-level handball competitions in Missouri and was the North Carolina state champion in the 1980s. Boone County Circuit Court Judge Gary Oxenhandler, a longtime friend of Mr. Casati, competed with him. "He was one hell of a handball player," Oxenhandler said, "and was a fascinating and independent guy. He lived his life the way he wanted to."
He is survived by his daughters, Alden Casati of Albuquerque, N.M., and Caroline Casati of Columbia; his mother, Jane; sister Jennifer Casati-Zajicek; and brother-in-law Jim Zajicek. Nephews Benjamin and Daniel Lipscomb also survive and reside locally. His brother, Chris Casati, and niece Caeli survive and live in Portland, Ore.
His father, Robert H. Casati, preceded him in death in 2004
Charitable donations can be mad to the American Diabetes Association of Missouri.