The news of the passing of Colton Kaase has left a deep void within the hearts of those who knew him. The sophomore athlete at Colorado State University was an exemplary representative of his school and program. He competed in football, baseball, and track & field and was an exceptional sprinter. He won the most valuable sprinter award at Bellville High School and was part of the team that broke the 4100 relay school record. The talented and vibrant individual will be remembered for his dedication to athletics and community service.
In the wake of this devastating event, those who knew Kaase best have conveyed their deepest condolences. They are in a state of shock, which has heightened the general sense of sorrow and loss. The cause of death has not been revealed, further amplifying the shock and anguish.
Kaase’s parents, Kenneth and Juli McCants Kaase, have received countless messages of support and condolence. The family has asked for privacy as they cope with the loss of their beloved son. The outpouring of support for the family has been a testament to how much this young man was loved and respected. He is survived by his parents and two siblings, Sarah and Amanda Kaase.
Despite this tragic occurrence, there are signs that the university community is beginning to heal and come together in their grief. The school’s director of athletics, Joe Parker, has released a statement expressing his profound grief and offering condolences to the Kaase family. He described Colton as an exemplary representative of the school, his teammates, and his community.
A memorial service is planned for Monday, October 4 at Irwin Chapel in Glen Carbon. A private burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Gayle Elaine Kaase was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was also a devoted church member and active in the community of Brenham. She was an avid shopper and enjoyed her annual trips to Memorial City Mall. She will be missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Lloyd Allen Kaase. They were united in marriage in 1965 and exemplified the covenant of marriage and promise to be “in sickness and in health” for each other until death do they part.