William E. Casto
May 24, 1939 ‒ December 10, 2020
“Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder… but no one can lay any foundation better than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:10
Bill was not just a builder—he was a visionary! He could see the potential in a piece of land and imagine the possibilities of a finished and beautiful building. More than a legacy of buildings, his life’s work has laid a foundation of faith, care, and generosity. Bill was generous with everything he had: his time, energy, resources, and talents. He truly cared for people.
William Ervil Casto, age 81, passed away Thursday, December 10, 2020, at Avita Health System in Ontario from Covid-19 complications. That evening Bill experienced a favorite sight – the glory of God’s handiwork in a star-filled sky – from a new perspective as the Lord called him home.
Bill was born May 24, 1939, in Mount Gilead the son of William H. & Violet (Glass) Casto. He was one of seven children and a twin to his sister Betty. Bill was a 1957 graduate of Edison High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Malone College in Canton and his master’s degree from Ohio University in Athens. At Malone, he dated fellow student Priscilla Parcell and the pair married on January 27, 1962.
As a high school Economics teacher, Bill was loved by his students. He taught for McKinley High School in Canton for 17 years before moving the family back to his roots in the Mount Gilead area. Seeing a growing need for skilled care facilities, Bill developed and maintained premier senior living facilities in the area: Woodside Village opened in 1979, Lexington Court Care Center opened in 1983, and Wedgewood Estates opened in 1997. His realized vision for Wedgewood was honored nationally as the 1997 Design of the Year.
Bill loved the Lord Jesus with all his heart, soul, and mind. He exemplified Mark 16:15 “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone” as a firm believer and supporter of foreign missions. He saw the beauty of God’s creation everywhere and was an avid photographer and traveller. Bill was also an amateur astronomer and night photography was the perfect intersection of his passions. Above all, Bill was a devoted husband and loving father & grandfather who loved spending time with his grandkids—especially fishing or riding four-wheelers
Bill attended Mosaic in Mansfield and was a member of The Richland Astronomical Society.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Priscilla Casto of Mansfield; sons Randall (Lori) Casto of Lexington, Scott A. (Janell) Casto of Wheaton, IL, and Eric (Elizabeth) Casto of Orlando, FL; grandchildren Tyler (Halle) Johnson, Isabel Casto, Maria Casto, Matthew Casto, Andrew Casto, Claire Casto, William Casto, Anna Casto, Caleb (Rebekah) Casto, Kelsey (Jake) Norton, and Victoria Casto; brother-in-law Fred Wenger; and sister-in-law Sherry Casto.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Grace, Becky, Ida, Bonnie, Betty, and Gary.
The Casto family wishes to thank the entire ICU team at Avita Health System for the excellent care they gave to Bill.
A private family service will be officiated by Pastor Kim Mauer with burial in Shauck Cemetery near Johnsville. A public celebration of life service will be planned for 2021. Visit the funeral home website for updates.
Snyder Funeral Homes, Lexington Avenue Chapel is honored to serve Bill’s family. Share a memory or message of condolence at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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