Bobby Ray Castle, 75, of Defiance, died at 8:18 a.m. Friday, February 14, 2014, at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio.
He was born January 1, 1939, in Wamac, Ill., to the late Henry Harvey and Edna Mae (Vogler) Castle. On July 11, 2005, he married Susan Lee Tucker-Castle, who survives in Defiance. They had known each other for 25 years and had been reunited in 1979 in San Pedro, while Bobby was doing harbor cruises.
Also surviving are his daughter, Stephanie Castle of San Diego, Calif.; sister, Karen Potts of Pahrump, Nev.; Susan's adopted family, "adopted son" Joshua Beard and fiancée, Megan Wright and their family, Jessica, Antonio, Jose, and Kymberlie, all of Ayersville; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two infant bothers.
He and Susan adopted four cats, Georgie, Peppie, Ruby and Peggie Sue; and one dog, Lady. He so enjoyed and loved them all.
Bobby was an Air Force veteran with tours of duty in Turkey, Washington, D.C., and Kelly AFB, Texas. Following his time in the Air Force, he worked for Ryan Air Craft, San Diego, and then began his work on a sport fishing boat, beginning his life in the fishing industry. He worked up and down the Pacific Coast for most of his life. He began his work on the sport fishing boat as a deckhand and eventually earned his 500-ton master's license and captained for Tidewater, running supply boats for Pemex in the Campeche Oil Patch in Mexico. As he neared retirement, he returned to San Diego and sport fishing and then began running harbor tours out of San Pedro, Calif. In retirement, he and his wife, Susan, became postage stamp, literature and supplies dealers with a warehouse in Torrance, Calif.
Also in retirement, Bobby enjoyed developing gardens, raised beds and landscaping on his 31⁄2 acres in rural Defiance. He and Susan raised koi fish together as well. He loved to spend time working on his genealogy, collecting postage stamps and a variety of postcards. Bobby lived his life to the fullest, enjoying everything and everyone along the way.
The funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, February 20, 2014, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, with Pastor Charles Schmunk officiating. Burial will be in Monroe Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. today and 1 p.m. until the time of service on Thursday.
Since one of Bobby's hobbies was gardening, to honor that hobby, his family requests that any flowers that are sent be able to be replanted. Memorial contributions be made to the Friends of Felines Rescue Center, 14597 Power Dam Road, Defiance, Ohio 43512, in care of Ruby Castle, their cat who was adopted through the organization. Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com or through www.findagrave.com.