Norman Gerald Casteel, 98, of Shenandoah and formerly of Essex and Clarinda, Iowa, entered into rest on Thursday evening, March 5, 2020 at his home following a brief illness.
Celebration of life memorial services for Norman will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Essex Presbyterian Church (601 Omaha Ave) with Rev. Rick Sleyster officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at the Essex Presbyterian Church prior to the service on Saturday. Lunch and fellowship will immediately follow the service and Inurnment with military honors accorded by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88 will commence at 1:00 pm at the Essex Cemetery. We thank Norman for his service and sacrifices endured serving our country during World War II. Memorials in Norman's name are being directed to the Essex Presbyterian Church.
Norman Gerald Casteel, 98, passed away peacefully on Thursday March 5, 2020 at his Shenandoah, Iowa home with his family by his side.
He was born February 26, 1922, to Guy Sr. and Margaret (Morgan) Casteel in Mt. Harris, Colorado where his father was employed as a coal miner. During the summer of 1926, the family moved to Clarinda, Iowa where Norman spent his childhood. Being uninterested in school and the family needing extra money, he left school at the start of his 10th grade year to work in the local coal mines.
In June of 1944, Norman enlisted in the US Marine Corps. His first action was in the battle of Iwo Jima, where he received a Purple Heart. He was later involved in part of the Occupation of Japan.
On May 29, 1949, Norman was united in marriage to Wilma Jeanne Burns, in McMinnville, Oregon. This was the start of a lifetime of moves and adventures, until they finally settled in Essex, Iowa. He was employed as a hired farm hand before landing a job at the Essex Elevator. He eventually became a part owner of the elevator, working until his retirement in the September 1984. In August of 2012, Norman and Jeanne moved to Shenandoah to live their remaining years.
There was never a dull moment with Norman, as he always entertained with his jokes, and was always ready for a card game.
Preceding Norman in death were his parents; two sisters, Lavonne Gray and Dorothy Busboom; three brothers, Joe, Guy Jr, and Robert; and an infant daughter. Surviving is his wife of 71 years, Wilma Jeanne of Shenandoah; three sons David and Carla of Lake Wylie, SC, Chris and Janie of Shenandoah and Ed and Cathy of Mt. Pleasant, TX; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mabel “Sis” Casteel of Garden Grove, CA; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital and the nurses and support staff at St. Croix Hospice Care. You are all true angels and your passion is so powerful.
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Essex Presbyterian Church
601 Omaha Ave, Essex IA 51638