George A. Casleton, 88, of Sullivan died 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Mason Point in Sullivan surrounded by his family.
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Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan with the Rev. Grant Wade officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan with Military Rites conducted by the Sullivan American Legion Post #68.
Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church of Sullivan, The Sullivan Community Education Foundation or to the Weekend Food Bags for the Children in Moultrie County. Online condolences may be sent to the family at reedfuneralhome.net.
George was born on March 26, 1925, in West Frankfort, IL, the son of Chris and Madge Thomas Casleton. He married Billie Hill on July 28, 1951, and she preceded him in death on August 23, 1989. He married Donna Neilson on July 22, 1999, and she preceded him in death on May 23, 2012. He is survived by his son, Grant (Nancy) Casleton of Oswego, IL; his daughter, RuthEllen (Jeri) Davis of Sullivan; and two grandsons, Grant Casleton of Chicago, IL and Scott Casleton of New Haven, CT. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister.
George played drums for nine years in the Ted Paschedag Band and Orchestra in West Frankfort, and graduated from Franklin Community High School class of 1943. In 1945, he was a charter member of the 20th Century Sunday school class of the First Christian Church in West Frankfort.
George was a veteran of World War II serving in Italy. He was a Sergeant with the 10th Mountain Division. In 1945, he was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in combat. He graduated from SIU in Carbondale. His career started as a principal of a country grade school at Logan, IL; he then taught English, history, reading, poetry and geography at Sullivan Junior High. He was director of the Sullivan Civic Center and was a monitor, teacher and tutor at Lovington grade and junior high schools. George was a member of the First Christian Church in Sullivan and was a former Sunday school teacher, superintendent of the Sunday school department and director of Summer Vacation Bible School. He was also a member of the Sullivan American Legion #68 and served on the Legion Color (burial) Guard.
George will be remembered by his former students for his teaching of the eight parts of speech, especially his famous direct object phrase, "She baked us a cake." Also, how he demonstrated jumping on his desk. George often said, "We had fun in the class room, but they also learned."
The family wishes to thank the staff at Mason Point for their kind and compassionate care, and the Lincoln Land Hospice nurse, Amy Myers, for her professional and caring spirit.
Published in Daily American News from Oct. 16 to Oct. 18, 2013