WILLIAMSBURG - Hale Park Castleman, 80, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at the Sentara Hospital in Williamsburg, Va., following a brief illness.
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He leaves his wife, Doris Castleman; his daughter, Stephanie Castleman-Argue; his son, Chris Castleman; stepdaughter, Amy Presas; his granddaughters, Olivia Castleman-Dry and Haley Castleman; his grandsons, Tristian Castleman, Cameron Castleman, John Argue and many loved extended family members.
Born in Brookline, Mass., he was raised initially in Stanton, Ky., and grew to manhood in Chicago, Ill.
He enlisted in the United States Army and fought in Vietnam, served in France, Germany, Korea, as well as duty stations here in Virginia. He retired as a Sergeant Major after 25 years of service and later from Fort Eustis, Va., as a Civil Servant.
He helped form the Peninsula Sky Divers Club in West Point, Va., and started training for beginners there. His passions were skydiving, Harley Davidsons, and Austin Healey's.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. May 18, at St. Martins Episcopal Church in Williamsburg, Va. The burial will be private.
With these few lines we say farewell to a gentleman and a truly gentle man; a soft spoken Sergeant Major whose actions spoke constantly even if he did not; a husband; a father; a friend; a kindness that more of us needed to see; and a quiet competence that touched everyone and everything that came into his life .
. .he will be missed.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Sentara Hospital for their professionalism and kindness.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: www.beyondboobsinc.org an organization helping young women with breast cancer, 1311 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg 23185 or www.heritagehumanesociety.org, 430 Waller Mill Rd., Williamsburg 23185. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in Daily Press from May 11 to May 12, 2012