San Antonio, Texas – William Eric Castle, 52, left us on July 20th, 2016, surrounded by family and friends, in San Antonio, Texas.
In lieu of a formal service, a celebration of life gathering will be held July 30 at a friend/colleagues ranch outside of San Antonio.
Bill and his twin brother Bob, were born in Minneapolis, Feb. 29, 1964. Upon adoption by Irma and Clinton Castle, he was lovingly raised in Holt.
Bill attended elementary and high school in Newfolden, where he participated in basketball, baseball, track, band and choir. After gradulation, Bill enrolled in the Automotive program at what was then the Area Vocational Technical Institute in Thief River Falls.
As he neared completion of those studies, Bill was approached as one of the top students, and offered an employment opportunity with Andy Granatelli Tune-up Masters.
This prompted a move to the Houston area and was the beginning of over 30 years in the automotive industry. Initially with Tune-up Masters, and lastly, with approximately 25 years with Firestone.
Over the years, Bill has been recognized with numerous awards and recognitions for his dedication, professionalism and undeniable allegience to the Firestone company and it's family. The F shield tattoo on his arm speaks to that.
Bill enjoyed an endless list of activites. Most involved spending time with family and friends but he would also find great joy in working in the garage or around the house doing projects. He never failed to turn a house into a home.
Bill will be greatly missed by countless friends, his family and his colleagues.
Bill is survived by his mother, Irma Castle of Thief River Falls, father, Clinton Castle of Holt, brother Robert and his wife Julie Castle of Kingwood, Texas, Niece Meghan Castle of Houston and his love, Jo Ann Henderson of San Antonio. In addition, he is survived by his birth mother Ann Shadley and all of her extended family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider volunteering for or making a donation to Bill’s favorite charity, Meals on Wheels, where he volunteered for many years.