Private interment services for Robert C. Cassano will be held. A public memorial service will be conducted at a later date.
Mr. Cassano died Friday, Feb. 7, in Sacramento. He was 76.
He was born Oct. 10, 1926, in Gridley, to Julius and Erma Cassano, and lived on the family ranch in Camptonville throughout his childhood. He attended high school in Sacramento and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from Yuba College and U.C. Berkeley. He married Annice Modglin of Downieville in 1955.
He was a civil engineer for Caltrans for 36 years. He retired as chief of the Structures Branch for the entire state, where he supervised a staff of over 800 designers for all Caltrans structures ranging from freeway bridges to rest stops. He was a nationally recognized, internationally consulted, award winning bridge engineer. Following his retirement from Caltrans he worked as a private consulting engineer involved in bridge design and construction contract dispute resolution.
He was an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed fishing, bicycling, skiing, and hiking with family and friends, especially in the LaPorte area where he designed and built a vacation cabin. He was involved in Boy Scouts, Toastmasters, the Laurel Ruff School Parents Group, the Sacramento Association for the Retarded, and Opportunities for Handicapped, Inc.
He is survived by his wife, Annice; son Richard of Sacramento; daughters Kathy Cozad of Bakersfield, and Diane Waters of Tahoe City; sister Frances LeBard of Sparks, Nev.; brothers Charles of Yerington, Nev., and Andrew of Grass Valley; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Erma Cassano; and sister Carmen Weaver.
Memorial contributions may be made to one of the above organizations.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User