Glenwood E. “Glen” Casteel

Aug 10, 2018
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10:30 AM Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Central Christian Church,
3475 Kimball Ave., Waterloo, Iowa 50702


4:00‑7:00 pm Friday, August 17 at Locke Funeral Home 


Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Monroe City Cemetery
Waterloo, Illinois


The Community Foundation of Marshall County - Rebuild Marshalltown Fund
11 N. First Avenue, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158


Glenwood E. “Glen” Casteel, Jr., 93, of Waterloo, died on Friday, August 10, 2018, at Friendship Village Retirement Center. He was born on October 23, 1924 in Herculaneum, MO, the son of Glenwood E., Sr. and Nora E. Karr Casteel.

He married Violet Delores Grittmann on February 11, 1945 in St. Louis, MO. The couple moved to Waterloo, in 1947. She preceded him in death on December 26, 2015.

Glen worked as a machinist at John Deere for 35 years prior to his retirement. He served in the US Navy during World War II in the Asiatic Theater – South Pacific, serving from 1942 until his honorable discharge in 1945.

He was a member of Central Christian Church for over 60 years and was a deacon of the church. Glen and Violet delivered Meals on Wheels. They both worked in the church’s food booth at the National Dairy Cattle Congress and attended the same Sunday School Class for over 50 years. Glen was a member of the UAW Local 838.

Glen is survived by two daughters, Dr. Nancy Casteel of Chicago, IL, and Kathleen (Richard) Boudreau of Lake Tahoe, NV; a daughter‑in‑law, Virginia "Ginni" Casteel of Waterloo; four grandchildren, Lt. Bradley (Jodi) Casteel, U.S.N. of Virginia Beach, VA, Brandon (Regan) Casteel of Waterloo, Cassandra Edwards of Citrus Heights, CA, and Christopher (Aubrey) Boudreau of Carson City, NV; five great‑grandchildren, Zailey and Zoie Casteel both of Virginia Beach, VA, Brady and Beckett Edwards, both of Citrus Heights, CA, and Callen Boudreau of Carson City, NV; and one brother, Charles (Sandy) Casteel of Monroe, LA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife; son, Douglas Casteel; two sisters, Joyce Dudley and Patricia Casteel; and a brother, Donald Casteel.

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  1. Mark Grittmann | Aug 17, 2018

    Some words of comfort:

    Psalms 34

    17 When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

  2. Brian Grittmann | Aug 13, 2018

    Uncle Glenn always had a smile on his face for me whenever I came back to Iowa from the military and saw him and Aunt Violet. I can only hope my life will be as long and full as theirs was together through the thick and thin. I think when they talk about America's greatest generation it was not just the strong and brave men who serviced in WWII, but also the strength in the wives and loved ones they left back home who also struggled during hard times and after the war built their families and a great nation. I think of Uncle Glen and Aunt Violet as part of that. I only hope the baby boomer generation can live up to the strong work ethic, and their love of God, family, and country.  Tanya was the early person who usually saw Glenn in the breakfast nook and she will miss seeing him when going for coffee and me on the occasions I rolled out of the rack early too.  I did see him in the gym workout room up until just a few years ago. If only I can do that at 90!

    Sorry for your loss ladies.

    Cousin Brian

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