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Gale J. Casteel, 78, of Cambridge, died Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family. As he wished, cremation has been accorded and a private memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cambridge Fire Department or the Cambridge Ambulance Service.
Gale Joseph Casteel was born January 10, 1937 in Burns Township, Henry County, Illinois, the son of Ira Max and Ruby Mae Lindstrom Casteel. He was educated in Cambridge area schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1955. Gale married his high school sweetheart, Sandra Simkins, on August 18, 1957 in Cambridge. He farmed right after high school and sometimes had to work two or three jobs to support his family.
Forty years ago, Gale started his company, CSI Manufacturing/CSI Homes in Cambridge. His greatest pride, joy, and love came from his family, his buffalo herd, and his “cabin”. His memberships included the Cambridge Lutheran Church, various wildlife conservation foundations, and the Quad City Home Builders Association. He had been a charter member of the Cambridge Rotary Club.
Those surviving are his wife, Sandra, a daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Joe Moriarity, two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Cindy Casteel, Derek and Angela Casteel, a daughter-in-law, Sharon Casteel, all of Cambridge, and seven grandchildren, Wyatt Moriarity, Tom (Stormi) Moriarity, Jarrod and Dalton Casteel, Nick (Amber) Casteel, Travis (Ashley) Casteel, and Brant Casteel. Other survivors include six great grandchildren, Preston Moriarity, Hailey, Madison, Jase, Cambell, and Preslee Casteel, two sisters, Charlotte King, Kewanee, and Maxine Moore, Geneseo, a sister-in-law, Sharon Casteel, rural Cambridge, and special nieces, Kathy Clark and Terri Simon, Sheffield, and Lona Pribble, Geneseo. His parents, a son Kevin, a grandson, Matt Moriarity, and his twin brother, Dale, preceded him in death.
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