Robert Edward Casale Jr. was born on July 14, 1952 in Kent, Ohio. The younger brother of Gerald V. Casale, Robert grew up in Akron, Ohio and was trained as a medical radiation technologist, but eventually left that job to become a key founding member of the New Wave band Devo. Casale not only played guitar, bass guitar, and/or keyboards on every last album by Devo, but also co-wrote several songs as well. In addition, Robert also worked on various albums, films, and television shows as a music mixer, score arranger, music producer, and music production engineer. Casale died of heart failure at age 61 on February 17, 2014. He was survived by wife Lisa, son Alex, and daughter Samantha.