CASTLEBERRY, CURTIS WALES Curtis Wales Castleberry, born August 22, 1922, to Ernestine and Grady Castleberry in Murchison, Texas, died of a heart attack on December 22, 2013 at his Dallas home. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Kenneth Anderson Castleberry, and his sister, Rita Wolff. His survivors include his wife of 67 years, Vivian Anderson Castleberry, their five daughters and spouses, Carol Tate of Omaha, NE; Chanda and Judge Philip Robertson of Clifton; Keeta and Ingo Rupp of Forney; Kim and Mark Saucedo of Rowlett, and Catherine and Ian Tracy of Peachtree City, GA. The 14 grandchildren, who live in seven different states are Kerin Tate and John Naatz; Shannon and Sean Miglini; Heather Easton and Zach Kenyon; Jeff and Abby Robertson; Whitney and Jay Peteranetz; Libby Robertson; Ryann and Tim Borak; Heidi and Nathan Dvorak; Austin Rupp; Adam, Seth and Kailey Saucedo; Curt and Becky Tracy; and Ashley Tracy and Alejandro Flores. Nine great grandchildren also survive--Cordelia Easton; Elanor, Olivia and Henry Kenyon; Braiden, Trennon and Aspen Peteranetz; Kaia Miglini and Taylor Dvorak. Curtis was a Marine sergeant who served for 34 months in the South Pacific during World War II and was on the USS Tyrrell, the first troop ship to land on the Japanese mainland after the atom bomb fell on Nagasaki. "We were scared to death," he once said. "They thought we were there to destroy them and we thought their beach was booby trapped." Released from service on Dec. 23, 1945, he returned to Texas where he and Vivian were married on May 4, 1946. After a one-year honeymoon, they moved to Bryan where Curt entered Texas A&M. He graduated three years later as a Distinguished Student along with a commission as a second lieutenant in the Army. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean Conflict, but released before serving overseas when the war wound down. Curt began his teaching career in East Texas before joining the Bryan Adams High School faculty, where he taught for 25 years. Upon retirement the Castleberrys bought property on Lake Palestine near Chandler where Curt built their two-story modified Victorian lake home. The Dallas house, which they bought in 1965, has remained their legal address. A loving social person, Curt attended two parties on the day before his death--one to celebrate a great-granddaughter's first birthday and the second a Peacemaker tea at the home of John and Harryette Ehrhardt on historic Swiss Avenueon the day before his death. He was overjoyed that he would see many family members during the holidays. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Carroll-Lehr Chapel in Athens, Texas, with visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday. Burial will be at Bethesda Cemetery near Lindale which was founded by Vivian's family in 1881. The grandsons will be pall bearers and the granddaughters will be honorary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be directed to Peace-makers, Inc., 4015 Normandy, Dallas, TX 75205, to the North Texas Food Bank or to your favorite non-profit organization.
Published in Dallas Morning News from Dec. 24 to Dec. 26, 2013