Obituary: Willard Casteel

August 22, 1941 ~ December 7, 2020 (age 79)
Posted at 2:26 PM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 16:26:36-05

Willard Casteel was born in Kalispell, Montana on August 22, 1941 to Junius (Tex) and Dorothy (Busch) Casteel. On Monday, December 7, 2020 he was taken from us far too soon.

Willard grew up in several Montana cities and graduated from Great Falls High School. After graduation, he joined the Army and went to basic training at Fort Ord, California and served his tour at Fort Lewis, WA. He received his Honorable Discharge from the Army and soon after joined the Army National Guard. His honorable separation from the Guard came in January of 1970 as an E-6 Staff Sergeant.

During his guard years he met and married Cheryl Heminger from Whitefish; in 1965, Will and Cheryl were blessed with a son, Allen, and in 1967 they were blessed a second time with a daughter, Lauren.

Building on his experience as a mechanic in the Army, he spent most of his working life as a heavy equipment and auto mechanic at various businesses in Great Falls.

In August 1985 Cheryl passed away and by then their children were off to see the world with lives and families of their own. 1986 brought a new lady into his life. Will met Gwen Boothe and they were married in September. They both loved to cook so much that they opened a snack bar and served delicious lunches which grew in popularity and they eventually opened their own restaurant. The “Down Under” started in a basement shop on Central Avenue then moved to a “down under location” just off of 10th Avenue. After many years of serving meals, they decided to retire from the Biz.

To read the complete obituary and share condolences, visit the Croxford Funeral Home website.