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Kenneth “Butch” Castle

Kenneth "Butch" Castle

Kenneth Ray “Butch” Castle, 72, of Sparta, IL; born on April 22, 1946 in East St. Louis, IL; passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at his home.

Mr. Castle worked for 30 years at the Baldwin Energy Complex where he started as a Control and Instrument Technician and retired as a Senior Analyst of Plant Systems.  Kenneth was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he earned several decorations and commendations during his 9 years of service. “Butch” entered the United States Navy in the summer of 1965. During his tenure of service, he was assigned on three different aircraft carriers USS Ticconderoga, USS Kitty Hawk, and the USS Constellation. During his assignments Butch was the electronics specialist aboard the A-3 Skywarrior and flew various missions during the Vietnam war. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Navy never left him, as friends and family will attest. He was a member of the Baldwin American Legion.  Butch was very computer savy.  Most of all he loved spending time with his grandkids.

He was preceded in death by his parents – Odell and Hazel, nee Jones, Castle.  One brother – Jerry Castle.

He is survived by his wife – Cindy, nee Blankenship, Castle.  Three daughters – Amber (Randall) Hartman of Ellis Grove, IL; Mehgan (Seth) English of Sparta, IL; Angie Aguaveva of Washington State.  His grandchildren – Gabriel; Seraphin; Evangeline; Michaela; Jorja; Hattie; Josephine.  One sister – Betty Taylor of Vero Beach, FL.  He is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at

Memorials may be made to the Baldwin American Legion.

Visitation: Friends may call at Heil, Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL on Sunday, January 6, 2019 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm and on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 10:00am to 11:00am.

Funeral: Services will be held at Heil, Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 11:00am.

Heil, Schuessler and Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements.


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  1. Linda Brady says:

    Cindy and family, your cousins in California are thinking of you with our deepest sympathy in your loss. Sorry we cannot be with you in person, but know that our hearts will be.

  2. Donna Luketich says:

    Butch was a special guy for sure. I worked with him at the Baldwin plant but fortunate to call him friend also. I had a picture of the soldiers placing the flag at Hiroshima and Butch always admired it. When I retired I gave the picture to him and what a smile he had. Rest In Peace my friend. Condolences to Cindy and family.

  3. Carol (Barry) Sandow says:

    Dear Castle family,

    Our deepest sympathy for the loss of you husband and father. May the Lord render comfort and peace as you grieve. Love of The Father above and friends on earth surround the family now and always.

  4. Tom Morrison says:

    My sympathy to the family. Butch was a great guy and I enjoyed working with him

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