Funeral services for Casteel announced.
William “Bill” Casteel, of Bartlesville, Okla., died. Monday, April 27, 2009 at the Medicaloge of Dewey, Okla.
Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2009 at the LaGrange Cemetery in the LaGrange community. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in Helena-West Helena.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established and those who wish may send their contributions to SPCA, 16620 State Highway 123, Bartlesville, Okla., 74003 or the American Cancer Society, Attn: Kathy Leeper, P.O. Box 1094, Bartlesville, Okla., 744005 or Eldercare, 1223 Swan Drive, Bartlesville, Okla., 74006 or to the James H. Teel American Legion Post No.105 N.E. Washington Blvd., Bartlesville, Okla. 74006.
Mr. Casteel was born at Calico on Sept. 8, 1923, the son of Robert Luther and Della (White) Casteel.
“Boots” as he was known in Arkansas grew up in the LaGrange area and attended school at Barton. He worked as a truck driver at a CCC Camp in Kramer N.D. until entering the U.S. Navy on Jan. 7, 1943. He served in the South Pacific in the Battle of Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands and at Kwakalein in the Marshall Islands. Following his honorable discharge on Jan. 3, 1947, he returned to Arkansas and married Henri Irene Allen on June 22, 1947 at LaGrange. Casteel attended Oklahoma State Technical School at Okmulgee on the GI Education Bill where he received an associate’s degree in design and drafting in 1950.
The Casteels moved to Bartlesville to establish their home. Phillips Petroleum employed Casteel for over 35 years until his retirement in 1985 as a master supervising designer.
Casteel was an active member of the James H. Teel American Legion Post No.105 and during the late 1950s and early 1960s he managed the Clubroom for five years. He was active as a parent volunteer for the Phillips 66 Splash Club from 1956 - 1963.
In 1963 he became a member of the Bartlesville Masonic Lodge No. 284 AF and AM and in 1965 became active as a Shiner’s clown until 1995. He enjoyed woodworking and fishing on Grand Lake.
A son, Donnie Allen Casteel; his wife, Nancy of Bartlesville; a daughter, Connie Brandon of Bartlesville; a granddaughter, Sonya Hauser of Bartlesville; and a niece, Ann Brown of East Point, Fla. survive him. His wife, Henry Irene Casteel, his parents, two brothers and his two beloved cats, both named “Jabo,” preceded him in death.
Roller-Citizens Funeral Home will direct services. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.