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Robert “Bob” Castle

Robert T. Castle, age 87, of Huron, died Saturday, September 1, 2007 at his home.  His funeral service was at 10:30AM on Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at the First United Methodist Church with the Pastor Derek Baum officiating.  Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery with military rites by the Huron Veterans Council.

Robert “Bob” Castle was born January 19, 1920 to Floyd A. and Frances (Loper) Castle at Fall City, Nebraska.  He came to Huron at 2 years of age.  He was a graduate of Huron High School and Benedick Tool and Die school in Peoria, Illinois.  He worked for the Nehi Bottling Company while going to school for the Dodge and Plymouth Company before joining the Navy, and thirty-six years with the Coca Cola Company until his retirement on December 31, 1989.

He served in the U.S. Navy from September 2, 1941 to September 30, 1945. Of the 36 months and 28 days he served in the U.S. Navy, 31 months were in the Pacific.  On January 3, 1945, bound for a mission of war, he was initiated and installed as a member of the Sacred Order of the Golden Dragon at Latitude 34 degrees and 17’ and Longitude 180 degrees.

Bob was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he served as head usher for twenty years.  He was also a life member of the William Reaves American Legion #7, a life member of the VFW Post 1776, and a life member of the Huron Senior Center.  Bob was also a life member of the National Chinchilla Breeders of American Incorporated.

He was a Past Master of the Huron Masonic Lodge #26, Past High Priest of the Huron Chapter of Royal Arch Masons #10, Past Illustrious Master of Huron Council #5, Huron Commandery #6 K.T., Yelduz Shrine Club and James Valley Shrine Club and Fire Crew.  Bob was Past Worthy Patron of the Mizpah Chapter #9 Order of the Eastern Star, Past President of the Huron Hi 12 Club, and Past President of Fair City Coin and Stamp Club.  He was a member of the Masonic Veterans Association, the Past Counselor of VCT #111 and a six year member of the Grand Executive Board of UCT.  He was a life member of the K.T. Eye Foundation and Grand Representative of Missouri in South Dakota for the Order of the Eastern Star.  In 2000, Bob received the General Grand Council Royal and Select Mason International Cryptic Mason of the Year.  In July 2004, he received a certificate of recognition for the difference he has made in Eastern Star.

He received the Knight Templer Cross of Honor, the OAK Sodi award of the Grand Council, the Wolcott Foundation Century Club and many other awards.  He served on many different committees as a member of these organizations.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Louis, Charles and Wilford Leroy (Bill); two sisters, Betty Button and Marie Stobbs; and brothers-in-law Herman Siegenthaler and John Stobbs.

Grateful for having shared in his life are his sister Florence Siegenthaler of Verona, Wisconsin; and ten nieces and nephews and their families.

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