George William Castell, 96, of Decatur, passed away at 12:45 pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019.
George was born in Clinton, IL, the only child of George D. and Doris L. Castell. He married Marjorie in 1945. Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service & Care is in charge of arrangements.
George graduated from Stephen Decatur HS in 1940. In 1942 he joined the U.S. Navy where he served as an Aviation Machinist in New Hebrides, CA & Alaska until his discharge in 1948. Upon returning home, he joined the Naval Reserve. In 1950 during the Korean War, he was called back into service when he was sent to Guam. In 2011, George had the unforgettable experience of participating in the Central IL Honor Flight with WWII veterans to Washington, D.C., and in 2016 he flew in a 1944 Boeing Stearman biplane with the Ageless Aviation Dreams Organization. George retired after 35 years from Meadow Gold Dairy as a route salesman. He was a member of Boiling Springs Church of God.
George built his own home in which he and Marjorie lived for almost 70 years. He enjoyed building and flying radio-controlled model airplanes, electronics and fixing anything that needed to be fixed. He had his pilot’s license and enjoyed flying the Piper Cub and Cessna 172 which he had part interest in. At the age of 70 he bought and rode his first motorcycle. At the age of 96, he was still fixing things and had a love/hate relationship with his computer.
George is survived by his wife of 73 years; daughters: Judy McClure of Decatur, Mickey Roberts of Warrensburg, and Debbie Ryan of Pana. He is also survived by six grandsons: Bill McClure of St. Charles, IL, Brandon McClure of Bloomington, George Meisenhelter of Blue Mound, Eric Roberts of Decatur, Gregg Meisenhelter of Decatur, and Keith Roberts of Warrensburg; and seventeen great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A family memorial service will be held with burial at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Boiling Springs Church of God.
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