James H. Kasler was a monumental American Air Force veteran whose story must never go untold. Among 76 awards for service and valor, Colonel Kasler is the only individual in history to be a triple recipient of the Air Force Cross.
In September, 2015, Seth and Mary Burkey had the honor of purchasing the home of Jim and Martha Kasler, located in Momence, Illinois. As they approached the closing date on this property, they began to profoundly understand the historical significance of the home they were about to make their own. They delved deeply into the Colonel's history, and discovered he was a generous pillar of the community with strong business acumen and a love for golf. Jim and Martha were the owners of South Shore Golf Course for over 20 years, and poured their lives into making it a welcoming place for public golfers.
In 2016 the course was closed and has remained closed with no likelihood for a buyer. The Burkeys worked with the current owner to purchase 10 acres of the golf course which surrounded their house. With that land purchase, they have pledged to remember Jim and Martha Kasler via a memorial at the road-front portion of their property. In order to uniquely remember the Colonel and his love for Country and golf, the project includes a picturesque bronze eagle monument surrounded by professional landscaping, and is placed on the former green of the 4th hole at South Shore.
The completed memorial was dedicated in conjunction with a Veteran's Day Celebration on November 10, 2018. If you wish to support this memorial project for future expansion and upkeep costs, tax deductible donations can be made to:
The Kasler Home Memorial
8993 E. 1500N Rd.
Momence, IL 60954