William E. Casto

May 24, 1939 ‒ December 10, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

“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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  • My heartfelt sympathy to the family. Mr. Casto was the most caring and considerate person I know. Wonderful to all his employees and residents at Wedgewood Estates , and I will always cherish the memories of knowing him.
    Blessings to you all.

  • My deepest sympathy to the Casto family.
    I only knew Bill briefly while working at Wedgewood Estates. He was kind and fun to be around. God definitely received an angel. May God bless the family and comfort you in this time of sorry.

  • So sorry to hear hear this. I worked at Woodside and Lexington Court for Mr Casto. Along with Gary, Grace, Bonnie, and Ida. Prayers for all

  • I didnt know Mr. Casto personally, but my Mom was a nurse aide at one of his nursing homes for 30 years and she always had the nicest things to say about him. He truly cared about people and what they were going through. My Mom heard of Mr. Casto’s passing and it truly broke her heart. She told me about the time when my sister was battling Luekemia and Mr. Casto stood in the hallway of Lexington Court and prayed with my Mom. I hope he somehow knew how much that meant to our family and what a light he was at one of the darkest times in her life. Im a firm believer that “God gives us who and what we need” to get us through the rough times in life. Mr. Casto was one of those people to a lot of folks. May he rest in peace and may his family take comfort in knowing that he will always be remembered.

  • Bill was an inspiration to all who worked at Wedgwood and always cordial to people who came to visit. Doris and I will treasure or memories of Bill.

  • prayers for the whole family. He was an amazing servant of God, and I know he is enjoying Home. Praying for your peace.

  • I’m crying! I’m shocked! I love the Casto family. Mr. and Mrs. Casto came to my daughter’s wedding in Kentucky. They came to ALL my private parties, and had great times. I was Lexington Court’s activity director for 26 years. Mr. Casto told me many times, that I helped, put Lexington Court on the map. We often had over 90% occupant, since I did major special events, that was the talk of the town. I’m so sad! I can’t stop crying. Prayers! Peace! and comforting thoughts to the family.

  • I am so sorry to all the Casto family for your loss . Mr. Casto was a true inspiration to me and it was a privilege to work for him at Woodside Village for over 26 years. Mr. Casto was such a strong Christian man and leader in the community. Heaven has truly gained an Angel and he has left behind many wonderful memories… may God wrap you all in His presence and give you the strength you need day by day to carry on . You have our deepest felt sympathy, … Jeff and Annette (Denman) Wise .

  • I am truly shocked by the news of Mr Casto’s passing My prayers for all the family for peace and healing Mr. Casto was a wonderful boss and Leader. He cared so much for his staff and the residents of Woodside Village. It was my pleasure to be associated with the Casto family and have Mr. Casto as my boss and mentor. We had such good times and memories, wonderful activities for the residents and staff. And amazing chances for continuing education. Thank you RIP with the Lord

  • This man taught me so much about living a life pleasing to God. Mr. Casto had visions ahead of others when it came to caring for the elderly. Such a wonderful teacher in my life, he will always be one of my Christian mentors. Heaven rejoices in his homecoming!

  • I will cherish my memories of Mr. Casto. It was a privilege and honor to work for him at Woodside Village. I became an RN while working there. At the end of my schooling I went to him scared to ask if he could loan me a certain amount of money so I could pay for the tests and different fees in order to get my licence. He said I will not loan it to you, but I will give it to you. I am still a faithful employee of Woodside Village , soon to be 39 years. Mrs. Casto and sons my heart aches for your loss. My prayers are with you all. He truly leaves behind an awesome legacy.

  • Our deepest sympathies to you all. We are so sad to hear of Mr Castos passing, but know he’s where he prepared to be. My 1st job was at Woodside Village working with all of you followed by Lexington Court! He believed in me and I appreciate that so much! So many precious memories of you all. He always had a hug for me and called me his daughter! Hugs to you all! Love, John and Luann

  • I am going to miss Mr Casto so much,his time just coming through Wedgewood, talking to the residents, to the employee’s just genuinely asking about their day, about their family how they were doing how they were feeling. When this whole covid thing happened he would call and ask to talk to the kitchen and most times I would answer the phone, he would ask “do you have anything sweet and a cup of coffee”….of course we do Mr Casto, id run it to the back dock where he was ready to chat always asking about my kids and family…..im so going to miss him, God sure did get an angel….I’m sure going to miss that angel…..love to the whole Casto family

  • Priscilla, Randy, Scott and Eric
    My heart hurts for you and your family’s loss of dear, sweet Bill, but hallelujah he’s now with Jesus. I am honored and blessed to have known him. He was so kind and caring. Prayers ascending for your peace and strength through this difficult time.

  • Priscilla & family- our hearts are truly with you all. Bill was a blessing to us. We are grateful for his sincere example of a life in Christ, his wisdom & humor applied liberally, and his timely encouragement to us all to keep going. Earth’s loss is forever heaven’s gain. Much love & prayers for this continued journey.

  • Pricilla , entire Casto family and all blessed to have known Bill
    I am so saddened But he is rejoicing. Such a servant of God. A true example of Christian leadership, mentoring, serving. My most cherished employment as a nurse . We were always free to pray with patients and staff, comforting and leading people to salvation His employees were family and so appreciated. They could give their best because Bill and the Casto family always set the high standard for care ,integrity , and compassion But he knew how to have fun and enjoyed life to the fullest
    Love and prayers to all

  • I had the privilege and honor to have been able to work for Mr. Casto for 23 wonderful years. He always showed His Love and Appreciation to His Staff & Loved Ones and Me.
    He will truly be missed. Please know that Our Prayers Are with You All. Priscilla, Randy, Scott , Eric & Your families.
    He is in His Eternal Home & One day We will all See Him Again!
    Tim & Barb Hildebrand

  • Our prayers are with the family, but rejoicing that Bill is Home! We only knew Bill for three years and loved his mischievous sense of humor and above all his love for the Lord. He will be missed!

  • My mother in law spent over a year at Wedgewood Estates. I was so impressed how Mr. Casto would visit from time to time, walking through the halls and visiting with any and all there. He would stop by at holidays, making a point to come into the dining rooms to offer a prayer and well wishes to those sitting there. And then he would walk through the room, stopping at each table to speak to the residents. They loved it.
    His gift of photography was evident throughout the walls of Wedgewood – beautiful pictures of God’s creation. Shortly after my mother in law arrived there, we attended a slide presentation of many of Mr. Casto’s photographs. He visited so many beautiful places and captured many breath-taking images of nature. Some of those pictures had to require some patience and skill to catch at just the right moment.
    It was obvious Mr. Casto loved the Lord and he loved people. He will be missed.

  • So sorry to read about Bills passing.
    My heartfelt sympathy to the Casto family and dearest friends.

  • I am sorry to hear of Mr. Casto’s passing. I worked at Woodside Village soon after they opened. He was a good boss and caring person to all the residents there. Our prayers are with you all.

  • RANDY introduced me to his Dad when he was a senior at MGHS. We became friends and have great memories of traveling with him, as well as having great talks about our Lord .He was truly a modern day Saint.

  • Randy & family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Loosing a parent is so hard. Holding tight to your faith & sweet memories will help you in the days & years to come.
    In peace & hope,
    Class of 81

  • I am truly saddened by this news of Mr. Castos passing! I started working for Bill
    In 1999 as an S.T.N.A. at Woodside Village! He was an amazing boss ! He really cared about the Residents and the Staff! Around the holidays he made it such a special time!
    Bill would have some of the most amazing Christmas parties. So much fun and so much food. And for Our work anniversary or if it was our birthday, Bill would treat us to a night out of dining all expenses paid!! Just to tell us what a good job we were doing! I made out! My anniversary was in November, and my B-day was
    In December! We just felt like we were appreciated by the Casto family!! I worked
    37 years as an S.T.N.A. Delaware Court, The Arbors and Woodside Village and out of all 3, Woodside Village was my favorite place to work!! It was a privilege and a pleasure to work for the Casto family! I will never forget the kindness and the generosity showed towards me, when my sister Karen had died of cancer. She had no extended family . She had us. And Mr. Casto and Carol Vandorn, gave me 3 weeks off so I could plan my sisters funeral and get her affaires in order! I will never forget that! My thoughts and prayers are with you!!

  • I enjoyed working at Lexington Court Care Center. Mr. Casto always wanted the best of care for the Residents. He was a kind generous employer. My thoughts and prayers are extended to you during this sorrowful time. The beautiful memories of his life long live will linger in your hearts forever. He know lives in the arms of Our Savior.

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    We would like to express our heartfelt sympathy to Priscilla and the boys during this time of sorrow. May the joys you knew and the times you shared comfort you.
    Our love and prayers are with you

  • Bill was a friend to all and a very gracious person. We will all surely miss him.
    Our hearts and prayers go out to Priscilla and his family.

  • Dear Priscilla and family, my heart sympathizes with yours. He reached his heavenly prize.We look forward to the day we are reunited, forever. Much love to you, Priscilla.

  • Dear family of Bill,

    He was truly an inspiration, I was blessed to know him.
    We were in first & second grade together @ Edison, Then over the years
    we would meet again.

    God bless you,
    Verlton Kunze

  • I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I worked at Lexington Court for Bill and Gary amazing people. God bless you all at this time.

  • My condolences to all the family and his close friends that are grieving from this loss. I was shocked and saddened by his passing. Over the years I had come to value his friendship and the strength of his faith which he expressed in word and through the lens of his camera. I will miss him as a friend. I will also miss his wonderful photographs which he shared with the world through Facebook.

  • Our hearts are deeply saddened by the loss of Bill. Please know our prayers and thoughts surround his precious wife, children, and grandchildren. We rejoice in knowing he is with Jesus. Our deepest sympathies. Steve and Joanna Curts

  • My heart is breaking..
    Bill never knew a stranger…
    We first met Bill and Prescilla when they were buying the old Family Farm..
    I remember all of us standing and looking at the view that goes on for miles..
    He said: I’m going to make this place a showplace..And he did..
    He was a man of vision.
    Our prayers and sympathy goes out to Priscilla and family.

  • What an honor and privilege to have worked for the Casto family for over 20 years at Woodside. Mr. Casto always made you feel like you were an important part of his team. Family was very important to Mr. Casto, every summer we had an amazing family picnic. I looked forward to going to work everyday, so many memories! Prayers to the Casto family for your great loss.

  • Dear Pricilla and family,

    My heart felt condolences to you. Bill’s smile tells of the joy of our Lord in his life. We recently reconnected via Facebook, and I so appreciated and enjoyed the photography he posted, along with the God honoring narrative with many of the photos. What a full and blessed life!

    Kay Cermak

  • Priscilla, Randy, Scott, and Eric,
    Our prayers and sympathy are with you at this sad time in your lives. Bill was a very special friend.
    Al and Janice

  • Dear Casto Family,
    We are so very very sorry to hear of your loss! Bill was so full of life – we’ll miss visiting across the creek- he had an awe of nature that matched ours. We’ll hear him in his “cathedral trees” as he called the wind in the trees… prayers for peace and confort.
    Jerry and Karen Webb and Baloo

  • Priscilla and Family,
    My condolences and prayers on Bill’s passing to glory. I was and continue to be saddened by his passing.
    We first met at Malone 60 years ago in the fall of 1960. Bill was definitely a man of vision. He was enthusiastic, outgoing and energetic…a fun person to be around.
    His love of Christ and family was apparent to all.
    I will miss my friend Bill and especially his wonderful photographs of God’s beautiful creation.
    Ron Johnson

  • Oh yes, the true visionary! What a privilege to have worked with Bill on many projects and experience his passion, vision, and his Christ-like concern for others. He will be greatly missed. Our sincere sympathies, Ralph and Laura Robinson, Terra Valley Excavating

  • Dear Priscilla & family, We are deeply saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. We have respected Bill since our early days at Bible study in your Mt Gilead home. Our lives have been positively influenced by his friendship & example. We have experienced his generosity in welcoming us to the homestead to have house church gatherings there. In recent years we have enjoyed his beautiful photography skills that he shared. We will miss his smile & wisdom. May God give you abundant peace & comfort. Love, Don & Sandy Henry

  • Bill and I, along with his sisters, rode the school bus together many years ago to Edison school.
    Years later we’d meet each other at alumni banquets. How quickly time passes.

  • We extend our heartfelt sympathy at this time to you, Priscilla, and the whole family. Bill was a visionary and a wonderful man — a great neighbor and friend. We are honored to have known him. We are thankful for his deep faith and friendship.
    With love, Clark and Marva Hoopes

  • Condolences to Bill’s family. We were in youth group together at Gilead Friends Church. He sang at my wedding and Betty, his twin was my bridesmaid. A life well lived.

    Madelyn Marsh Crail
    Daughter of Bill’s pastor during his youth

  • I remember his warm heart and generosity. The northern lights fascinated him and as an avid photographer captured many magical moments. The teal magic however was not only a artistic eye but a eye firmly planted toward his creator who revealed a heart molded by the master himself! The love has not stopped but rather relocated.

    Parting is such sweet sorrow!

  • Only knew Bill for a short few years but counted him a friend. His light was not kept in shadow but shown for all to see his Lord and Savior, Jesus. He’s no doubt in awe at this moment of not only all of God’s creations but of God himself. Will miss you Bill. Condolences to Priscilla and Family.

  • I pray the good Lord will comfort his loved ones and all who knew him. He sounds like a wonderful person who has touched many lives. May the Lord grant him his wings. May the Heavens celebrate his return. Keep him in your hearts, for one day you will see him again.

  • Bill was a classmate of mine during the early years of Malone College in Canton. He was a down to earth guy and a good friend. He met his future wife Priscilla there. We stayed in touch for many years.He was a wonderful Christian gentleman. God bless the whole Casto family.