Jim was born in Batesville, Arkansas, January 15, 1954 to Mary Catherine Richards Casey and J. W. Casey. He grew up in Houston Texas until the age of 18yrs. He enlisted in the U. S. Army and served time in Germany. Jim lived most of his adult life in Arkansas, until coming to South Dakota. He was preceded in death by his sister Mary, brother Christopher, and his father. He is survived by his mother, Mary Catherine Reid, brothers John Richard Casey, Lloyd Clayton Bowen and sister Juanita Anne Casey Kikendall.