It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Gerald Eugene Castle, 89, at The Middleton in Granville, Ohio, on August 19, 2019. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Miriam Castle; brothers, William and Donnie. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Betty (Mize) Castle; daughters, Deborah (Sam) Waltz, Rebecca (Henry) West; 4 grandchildren, Sara (Tom) Mench and Adam (Amy) Waltz, and Natalie (Jeremy) Nicodemus, Ashley (Nick) West; 3 great granchildren, West Lee Nicodemus, Porter Gene West (born on Gene's birthday in 2017) and Evelyn Yiwei Waltz. Born in Millersport on 10/22/1929, he farmed for many years in Etna and Alexandria before starting his construction business. He was known around Pataskala as the "go to roofer" and had a reputation as a fair and honest contractor with an expertise in slate roofs. He later taught at Eastland Vocational High School teaching carpentry and during his tenure the students built and completed a house; which was the first build of its kind in the state of Ohio. He served as a Volunteer Fireman for West Licking for 50+ years. The family will receive friends on THURSDAY, August 22, 2019, from 11AM - 12:30PM, at the PFEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 7915 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The family would also like to thank the care givers at the Middleton and Brookdale Hospice for their kind care of Gene. Private grave side services will take place at Glen Rest later in the day. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to West Licking Fire Department 851 E. Broad Street, Pataskala, OH 430622 or Brookdale Hospice, 450 Alkyre Run Drive, Suite 250, Westerville, OH 43082. Online condolences available at www.pfeiferfuneral.com.
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