L.E. Castle of Jet, Oklahoma, was born January 18, 1926, and passed away on September 3, 2017, at 91 years of age.
A bigger than life personality, L.E. made a huge difference in the lives of many people through his career as a Vocational Agriculture Teacher, his participation in numerous civic organizations and boards, his church service, his work in the field of agriculture, and his devotion to his family.
L.E. graduated from Jet High School with the class of 1943, and went to Oklahoma State University where he graduated with a degree in Animal Science. While at OSU, he was a member of Farmhouse Fraternity and was on the undefeated National Champion Meat Judging Team. He also participated in football and wrestling.
He began his career in 1950 as a Vocational Agriculture teacher in Billings. In 1952, he moved to Burlington where he taught for 18 years and was an active community leader. His 1966 Burlington FFA Judging team was the top Livestock Judging team in Kansas City, Denver, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa, and was the National Champion Livestock Judging Team. L.E. was Alfalfa County Teacher of the Year, and was President of the Oklahoma State Agriculture Teachers Association.
After leaving his career as a Vocational Agriculture teacher, L.E. and Joan moved to the family farm in Jet and were actively engaged in farming. He was never happier than when he was in the harvest field or checking cattle.
L.E. and Joan were named Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year in 1986. L.E. was inducted into the Oklahoma Vocational Agriculture Teacher's Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2007, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame by Governor Brad Henry.
L.E.'s participation in civic and community activities was an important aspect of his life. He assisted in organizing the Burlington Lions Club and was a founding member of the Jet Lions Club. He was a member of the Jet-Nash School Board, and a longtime active member of the Jet-Nash Athletic Booster Club. He was president of the Jet Co-op Board, the Jet Fair Board, and also helped with Jet Homecoming celebrations. L.E. was proud of his work as a Mason and earned the 32nd Degree.
He was a member of the Federal Land Bank Board of Directors and served as president of the National Federal Land Bank Association for two years. He served on the Alfalfa County Fair Board, Farm Bureau Resolution Committee, and OSU Agriculture Education Scholarship Committee. He was a member of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers, Oklahoma Swine Growers, and Cattleman's Association. He also received the FarmHouse Master Builders Award.
His church was a very important part of his life, and he was a long-time member of the Jet United Methodist Church. He taught Sunday School, was President of the Administrative Board, Finance Committee Chairman, Pastor Parish Relations Committee Chairperson, and sang in the choir.
But of most importance in L.E. Castle's life was his family. He and his late wife Joan VanOsdol Castle were married August 20, 1949. They were the proud parents of 4 daughters Christie, Jean, Janet, and Kimberly. Family activities were at the center of L.E.'s life. He celebrated all holidays with his family and loved having family come to the Jet home. He enjoyed annual vacations with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His entire family saw him as a source of guidance and inspiration.
He was preceded in death by wife Joan Castle; parents Charles and Lois Castle; brother Vernon Castle; sisters Vivian Yoder and husband Eugene, Zola Evans and husband Duane, and Charlene Bathurst; mother-in-law Sylvia VanOsdol; sisters-in-law Carolie Tucker and Bonnie Castle; and son-in-law Jeff Miller.
He is survived by brothers Elmo Castle and wife Shirley of Garber, Richard Castle and wife Cecilia of Jet; brother-in-law Elmore Bathurst of Blackwell, brother-in-law Eddie Bill Tucker of Jet; daughters Christie Ballard and husband Keith of Claremore, Jean Tarrant and husband Doug of Houston, Janet Roper of Austin, and Kimberly Miller of Claremore; grandchildren Jennifer Potter and husband Dan, Jeff Tarrant and wife Samantha, and Julie Tarrant and fiancé Jonathan Phillips all of Washington DC, Greg Tarrant and wife Paloma of Nairobi, Kenya, Matthew Ballard and wife Traci, Michelle Sagely and husband Michael and Tyler Miller all of Claremore, Michael Ballard and wife Fanny of Orebro, Sweden, Jessica Munoz Roper and husband Arturo Munoz of Houston, Marcus Roper and fiancé Natalie Johnson of Austin; and eleven great-grandchildren.
Funeral service for L.E. Castle will be Monday, September 11, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Jet United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery near Jet. Viewing will be on Sunday, September 10, 2017, 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., with family present, at Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. in Cherokee. www.lanmanmemorials.com Facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc.
The Family prefers Memorials in lieu of flowers, and they may be made to Pleasant View Cemetery, Jet Lions Club or OSU Agriculture Education Scholarship Fund. Donations can be made through Lanman Funeral Home.
Published on September 9, 2017