Catherine “Kay” Marie Castle, age 63, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2016 at The Gardens in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Kay was born on January 28, 1952 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to George and Eleanor Castle, where she grew up as the youngest of 6 children. She attended Cathedral Catholic School and graduated from O’Gorman High School and attended college.
Kay served with the US Navy during the Vietnam Era in San Diego, California and Hawaii. After being honorably discharged from the Navy she chose Colorado to be her lifelong home where she dedicated her life to helping disabled veterans. She had a diverse background, though her character was not defined by her career but by her love for veterans that served our country.
Her fun-loving character and personal strength and resolve to help veterans was an inspiration to many. Her pride was for those in her family who served. Her father served in the US Navy in WWII. Her brother Marty served in the US Navy in the Cold War and Vietnam Era. Her brother Joe served in the US Air Force in the Cold War and Vietnam Era. Her brother Mike served in the US Marines in the Vietnam War. Her brother-in-law, Larry McCroskey also served in the US Marines in Vietnam. Her nephew Matt McCroskey served in the US Army in Germany when President Regan tore down The Wall, her nephew Retired Colonel Patrick Castle served during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, and her great nephew Sean McCroskey is presently serving in the South Dakota Air Guard. Her cousins: Leroy Christiansen served in the US Army in the Korean War, Ray Christiansen served in the US Air Force in the Cold War and Vietnam Era, Retired Colonel Richard Christiansen served in the Vietnam War, and Mike Lewis in the US Marines in the Vietnam War.
Kay also helped develop and maintain Welcome Home Warriors in Woodland Park, Colorado.
Kay is survived by her brother, Martin “Marty” Castle and wife Carolyn; brother, Jim Castle and wife Lila; brother, Michael Castle and wife Sherry; sister, Theresa Castle McCroskey and husband Larry; and sister-in-law, Cathy Castle; as well as 14 nieces and nephews; and 15 great nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by us all. Kay was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Castle, and her parents, George and Eleanor Castle.
Services at a later date.