Robert (Bob) Casterlin of Pittston passed away peacefully Saturday morning, Oct. 27, 2012, at Fountainview Care Center, Lakewood, N.J., after a long illness with a rare degenerative brain disorder called progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) similar to but worse than Parkinson's (often called the Dudley Moore disease).
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Bob was born on Aug. 24, 1924, son of Jennie (Eagan) and Clarence Casterlin, and graduated from Pittston High School in 1942. He served honorably in the Army during World War II including D-Day +7 in Normandy and earned the Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with five Bronze Stars and the World War II Victory Medal. He retired from Sanitas Corp. as a technician and also worked at American Cable and Chain.
Bob is survived by his son, Robert (Bobby) and daughter-in-law, Michele, Brick, N.J.; sisters, Grace Deeble, Hughestown, Ruth Morgan, Pittston; brother, Clarence (JR), West Pittston; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean (Kobi) who called him Sam; his son, Michael; and sister, Dorothy Lee.
Bob was a hard worker who fixed everything around the house and helped everyone. He also befriended people wherever he went, including his friends at the Truck Stop, Majestic, and Coopers. This continued at Fountainview after his illness, which causes problems with balance, vision, speech and swallowing, making it necessary for his move in August 2009, to a New Jersey care center near Bobby and Michele. There he became the ambassador and "Mr. Hollywood" because of his infectious smile (and sunglasses). He will be missed greatly by his family and everyone who knew him.
Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Friday from the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Interment will be in Pittston Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.peterjadoniziofuneralhome.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Oct. 28, 2012