Homer Roger Casteel, 91, of Eldon, passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008 at the Miller County Care and Rehab in Tuscumbia.
Homer was born April 6, 1916 in Camden, the son of William Edward Casteel and Ada Virginia (Strickler) Casteel. He married Eunice Ople Calton on Nov. 10, 1975 in Branson. She preceded him in death on May 12, 1998.
Homer resided in Eldon. He was a member of the Lexington VFW Post, Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion. He served in the South Pacific in World War II as a Navy communications specialist. After serving in the Navy for four years, he served two years in the Army. Homer was very proud of having served his country. Homer was a lifelong farmer and was a rural mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service in Lexington. He was a contract carrier for the Kansas City Star and the St. Louis Post Dispatch newspapers.
Survivors include: one daughter, Kathryn Grace Casteel of the home and six grandchildren, Kevin Edward Casteel, Carol Lynn Pirkola, Janna Sue Friedrich, Sherie Lynn Neuner, Thomas Wayne Harmon and Mary Catherine Harmon.
His parents, his first wife, Alta Stiles (Tucker) Casteel, his second wife, Eunice Ople (Calton) Casteel, two sons, William Edward and Roger Milton Casteel, three brothers, Loren Casteel, Rolla Casteel and Emery Casteel, and two sisters, Gloria Casteel and Virginia Phillips, preceded him in death.
Memorials may be made to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to honor his daughter who volunteers to maintain the trail and plans to hike the 2,175 mile trail in the near future.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Phillips Funeral Home in Eldon. The funeral service will immediately follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, officiated by Kevin Hoover, Minister. Burial will be in Eldon City Cemetery in Elson with full military honors provided by the Eldon VFW Post #2442.
Arrangements are under the direction of Phillips Funeral Home in Eldon.