Herbert J. & Nell Rose Castle

June 14, 2017

Herbert J. Castle, 79, & Nell Rose Castle, 77, of Pana, died Wednesday, June 14, 2017.  Herb was born December 5, 1937 in Pardeeville, WI, to the late John J. & Katherine (Koch) Castle.  Nell was born November 4, 1939 in Herrick to the late Wilbur Corwin & Grace Irene (Fry) Willson.

Herb served in the U.S. Marine Corp, coming back to Pana after his time in the service.  He worked as a concrete contractor, and had also worked for Oliver Tractor Company. She had worked as a clerk for Downs Motors, as well as for First National Bank of Pana & Purity Bakery.  She loved bowling & playing cards.   Both were members of the First United Methodist Church, Pana.  Herb was a member of the United Methodist Men. He enjoyed golfing, building things, and painting.  Herb was a Boy Scout of America leader, bowled on a league, and played cards.  He had a very creative mind.  Nell was a also a member United Methodist Women; Red Hat Society & Ombudsman. 

Herbert Castle & Nell Willson were married on March 23, 1958 in Pana. 

They are survived by children: Chuck (Janell) Castle, Toledo, IL; Kim Bilyeu, Arizona; Terry (Sonya) Castle, Decatur, IL; Kelly (Brad) Busby, Carbondale, KS; 12 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; Herb’s sisters: Diana (Gary) Dooley, Vandalia, IL & Kathy (Wilfred) Beyers, Pana, IL; Nell’s brother: Roy L. “Ike” (Margaret) Willson, Pana, IL and sister: Mary E. Vemmer, Decatur, IL.  They were preceded by Herb’s brothers, John A. “Sonny” Castle & David Castle & sister, Jaunita Kerr and Nell’s brothers, Wilbur A. “Arch” Willson & James L. Willson and 2 siblings in infancy.

Funeral Information

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in the First United Methodist Church, Pana at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Amanda Richards officiating.  Burial will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. in Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield with graveside military rites by Sangamon County Inter-Veterans Detail.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home.

Donations Information

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Pana or the Wounded Warrior Project.


Visitation:  McCracken-Dean Funeral Home

Service:  First United Methodist Church

Herbert J. & Nell Rose Castle

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