Heber Eugene Casto, 89, of Kenna passed away April 19, 2015 surrounded by his family at Jackson General Hospital following a long illness.

He was born May 30, 1925 at Given, a son of the late Nathan and Bertha Sargent Casto. He served in the United States Army from 1943 until 1946 as a T5 Technician.  After passing the Examination for the Army he went through Basic Training in Ft. Thomas, KY and then at Camp Grant, Illinois. He left New York Harbor on board the Queen Elizabeth on a six day journey to Glasgow, Scotland. During World War II he spent most of his time in France. While outside of LeMans, France he lived in the mud of Foxholes and pup tents for over six weeks. Following that he moved into a hospital area where his unit operated a hospital for eight months. In 1945 he was relocated to LeHaure, France  at Camp Phillip Morris. Later his unit supervised a 7000 bed hospital and he was in charge of the motor pool which included multiple 6X6 units, ambulances, Jeeps and Civilian Cars. He received orders to come home on April 9, 1946 and left Germany by Truck and his over sea duty went full circle as his ship arrived in New York on May 7, 1946. He arrived in Charleston, WV by train from Washington on May 11, 1946. This is only a part of his duties while in the service and we understand why his generation is known as the “Greatest Generation.”  

He was employed at True Temper and also worked for Gravely Tractors in Dunbar, but his true passion was working on his farm that he truly loved. He was a 33rd Degree Mason and member of the Ripley Masonic Lodge A.F. and A.M. No. 16 and a member of the Scottish Rite in Charleston.

Survivors include daughter Charlotte Saunders and her husband Paul of Evans: son Lanny Casto and Connie of Hernshaw: daughter Debra Stubna and Terry of Morgantown: grandchildren Heidie Bragg and husband Mike, Beth Kolb and husband Austin, Kelly and Paige Stubna; great grandchildren David Casto, Michala, Lanna and Jerry Bragg, Houston, Landon Casto and Brayden Hughart; brother and sisters Catherine Richardson and her husband Tommy of Dunbar, Erman Casto and his wife Doralynn of Canton, OH and Judy Haynes and her husband Cletus of Liberty.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years Tressie Willidene Casto; a grandson Howard “Howie” Casto; brothers and sisters Arden Casto, Mayfrey Greene, Victor Casto, Letcher Casto and Freda Pignato.

Funeral Service will be 3:00 pm Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley with Pastor Todd King and John Gunther officiating. Burial with Military Rites provided by American Legion Post 107 in Ripley will be in the Emma Chapel Cemetery, Liberty. Friends may call from Noon until the time of service at 3:00 pm on Friday at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.waybrightfuneralhome.com