Earl Richard Castleberry
Earl Richard Castleberry, 86, of Grantville, died Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka. He was born December 20, 1931, at Osawatomie, the son of Clarence Edgar and Beulah Malease (Cole) Castleberry
Earl graduated from Osawatomie High School in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army (active) from March 1953 to January 1957, serving in Berlin, Germany; and in the National Guard from 1957 to 1991, retiring as a Staff Sergeant.
Earl worked at the Boys Industrial School as a head cottage parent living on campus with his family from 1959 to 1981. He owned and operated Earl’s Café at Grantville from 1984 to 1992, retiring in Grantville.
He was a long-time member of the Grantville United Methodist Church, Grantville.
On June 1, 1952, Earl was married to Naomi Mae Fields at Osawatomie, Kansas
Surviving are his wife: Naomi Castleberry of the home; three daughters: Deborah Kirkham (Calvin) of Topeka, Cindy Mongold (Terry) of Perry, and Cherry Vaught (Gene) of Mayetta; seven grandchildren: Julie (Chad), Lisa, Jammie (Marc), Nick, Lacey, Brian, and Casey; sixteen great-grandchildren: Carley, Cortlyn, Camryn, Justise, Jillian, Aspen, Oscar, Olivia, Lane, Kason, Lennox, Clayton, Abbey, Reid, Olivia, and Kyle; and a great-great-granddaughter: Ollis.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, February 16, 2018, at the Grantville United Methodist Church, 3724 South Street, Grantville. Interment will be in Grantville Cemetery.
Earl will lie in state after 3:00 PM, Thursday, at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Avenue, Topeka, where the family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Home Health and Hospice, 1212 Walnut, Oskaloosa, KS 66066.