Lorrain Neal McCasland, 98, former resident of Duncan passed away Sunday, February 23, 2020, at his house in Dry Prong, Louisiana.
Services will be 10:30AM Monday, March 2 at the Don Grantham Funeral Chapel with Rev. Asa Hallbauer officiating. Interment will follow at the Duncan Municipal Cemetery.
On October 24, 1921, Lorrain Neal was born to Earl and Opal McCasland at Yuma, Colorado. As the oldest of nine children, he was his mother's helper as a cook, and enjoyed cooking most of his life. (Homemade egg noodles and cookies as Christmas presents). When his mom had a difficult birth with Coeta, (he at only 12) was given the care of the baby until Mom got on her feet.
He attended the Nazarene Church of Yuma and was saved during a revival as a teenager. He sang a special in church when about 12 it wasn't a hymn but an old cowboy song entitled "When It's Lamp Lighting Time In The Valley". Lorrain met his wife Dorothy at church but doesn't remember the first time they met. They dated at church socials throughout high school. After graduation in 1940, they were engaged during the summer. Lorrain always enjoyed telling that since it was leap year, Dorothy had asked him to marry her or they never would have gotten together.
When Dorothy was working in Greeley, Colorado, Lorrain decided to visit her after the chores were done on Sunday afternoon. He and his brother, Lyle, made the 90 mile trip and returned in time for evening church service. His parents never learned of this incident until years later.
After graduation, Lorrain continued to work for his Dad at 3 cents a bushel for picking corn. At harvest time, he worked for other farmers in the area with the harvest crew. He sure wasn't getting rich!
Lorrain and Dorothy were married on November 23, 1941 after the morning service at Yuma Nazarene Church by Rev. J.E. Canaday a former Pastor. Their first home was the bunk house on Dad Dyke's farm. Cecil and Wilbur were born while they lived in the Yuma area.
In 1946 the family moved to Hygiene, Colorado in the Longmont area and bought a concrete block business. Lorrain needed a better income to support his growing family. Starting out making blocks, Lorrain soon learned to lay blocks and then began hauling blocks from Denver. Calvin and Dale were born during this time.
Eventually Lorrain went into the general contracting business in construction. The family lived in Denver where he worked for the Runyan Brothers for about 16 years building multiple apartment units, doing Urban renewal and some construction jobs of his own, known as McC and Sons. In 1956 Wilma was born.
In 1968 and 1969, he built the tabernacle on the Intermountian District Bible Missionary Church in Elizabeth, Colorado. In 1971 they moved from Denver to Elizabeth and started the famous McCasland Lumberyard and greenhouse. Several of the grandchildren helped in the greenhouse during the spring planting time. After living in Colorado all his life he sold out and moved to Duncan, Oklahoma in 1993 and lived there over 25 years. While there, he managed rental property in the area. Lorrain spent this past year in Louisiana with Wilma and Bob, his care givers.
The church and its support have been a big part of Lorrain's life. Most of the time he has attended the Bible Missionary Church. Several of his children and grandchildren have been pastors and missionaries. In 1996, he and his wife visited New Guinea where two grandchildren were ministering.
He is survived by three siblings: Coeta, Mary Jane and Don; his three sons: Wilbur, Calvin and Dale McCasland; one daughter: Wilma Hallbauer; twenty-seven grandchildren; sixty-two great grandchildren and fifteen great great grandchildren.
He was preceeded in death by his parents; his wife of almost seventy years Dorothy; one son Cecil; one granddaughter Lois and five of his siblings (three just one year ago)
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