Franklin Theodore Casteel, 81, of Dunnellon, Fla., went home to be with the Lord Feb. 26, 2014, after a long battle with dementia. Franklin was born in Kingwood, W.Va., Nov. 8, 1932, to Efrum and Iva Jane (Thomas) Casteel.
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Franklin is survived by one sister, Barbara Foster of Morgantown, W.Va.; two daughters, Deborah S. Baker, husband Samuel, and Sheila Hartley; four grandchildren, Dana E. Pyles, husband James, Samantha A. Baker, Robert L. Baker, wife Amber, and Larry R. Hartley Jr.; five great-grandchildren, Travis J. Casteel, fiancé Danielle Zirkle, Leanna Tesh, Nikkita Baker, Shyla Pyles, and Collin Baker; one great-great-granddaughter, Athena Casteel. Franklin was preceded in death by six sisters, Ruby Sealy, Annie Cale, Lettie Gibson, Bessie Kisner, Betty Casteel, and Mary Everly; and three brothers, Alva Casteel, Billie Casteel and Oscar Casteel.
Franklin served in the Army and fought in the Korean War. He enjoyed listening to Hank Williams, watching westerns, and oatmeal cream pies. Franklin was very loved by his family and will be missed by everyone who knew him. So Grandpap, until we all meet again, rest easy now, your battle is done. We love you always.
Private cremation will take place under the direction of Brown Funeral Home & Crematory in Lecanto.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Feb. 28, 2014