Charles Edward Casto

February 11, 1933 - February 6, 2020

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Sunday, February 9, 2020
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Secor Funeral Home
202 W Maple Street
Willard , Ohio 44890

Visitation 2:
Monday, February 10, 2020
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Christian Alliance Church
1609 S Conwell Avenue
Willard , Ohio 44890

Monday, February 10, 2020
11:00 a.m.
Christian Alliance Church
1609 S Conwell Avenue
Willard , Ohio 44890

Charles Edward Casto, age 86, resident of Willard, Ohio passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2020 after a long illness. He was born on February 11, 1933 in Spencer, West Virginia to the late Raymond and Ethel (Monroe) Casto. Charles graduated from Spencer High School in 1951 and attended Alderson Broaddus University and graduated from Glenville State College in 1955 where he received his Bachelors of Science in Art Education degree and met his future wife, Beulah Beckner.

Charles began his teaching career at Parkersburg Junior High School in 1955. He married Beulah Beckner on May 13, 1956 and was drafted into the United States Army a few weeks later. After completing basic training he spent 18 months in Germany. SSgt. Casto completed his time of service in Texas where he was discharged. Charles and Beulah spent a year in Logan, WV where he taught art and history. From there he accepted a teaching position at Willard Exempted Village Schools teaching 7-12 art in 1959. Charles developed the young art program and, after the opening of the new Junior High School in 1965, he began to teach exclusively high school art in 1966. Charles retired from teaching art in 1985 after 30 years in the art room. He was a member of the Willard Education Association, Ohio Education Association and the National Education Association.

Charles had many interests in life and was not one to sit around. He as an accomplished sign painter and ran his own business -Casto Signs- with the slogan "I made signs before I could talk" for 40 years. He branched out and began painting billboards for 15 years with his son, Kevin. His signs and billboards covered most of north-central Ohio. Charles had a lifelong interest in magic along with his good friend, Bob Wallace. Charles was a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, The Galion Magic Club and The Fellowship of Christian Magicians. Charles created many magic tricks and was well known for his feather flowers that he made for magicians and performers from his other business, Chasti Magic Flowers.

Charles' lifelong pursuit was his love for watches, especially pocket watches. It was his first interest as a boy. He enjoyed buying old broken watches and restoring them to working order.

Charles enjoyed reflecting on his art students and sign customers from Willard. After retirement, Charles traveled with his wife, Beulah, and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Charles was a member of the Willard Christian Alliance Church. He is survived by his wife, Beulah (Beckner) Casto whom he married on May 13, 1956; son, Kevin (Mikki) Casto of Willard; daughter, Kellie Kalash of Columbus; five grandchildren, Alec and Rachel Casto, and Ahmad, Omar and Mustafa Kalash; and sister-in-law, Helen Casto of Piqua, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, his two brothers, Eugene and Robert and his wife, Willadean Casto, preceded him in death.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. His funeral service will be held on Monday, February 10, 2020 at the Christian Alliance Church, 1609 S Conwell Ave. in Willard at 11:00 a.m., with an additional hour of calling hours to be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Pastor Barton F. McKelvey will be officiating and burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Willard. The Casto family wishes to thank the nurses, caregivers and staff at Stein Hospice for their compassionate care for Charles. Memorial contributions can be made to Stein Hospice in Sandusky, Ohio, the Willard Christian Alliance Church or The Art Junction in New Haven, Ohio. Online condolences can be left for the family at


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Mick O'Brien - Feb 13, 2020
Kevin and family, Sorry to hear about your father. He was a wonderful person and will be missed. He is in a better place now. Prayers for your family. Mick O'Brien and family.
Bob Ayres - Feb 12, 2020
I was saddened to hear the news about Mr. Casto. Kind thoughts and prayers are going out to his family and friends. May God grant you strength and comfort for the difficult days ahead, and fond memories for the years to come.
Pat and Don Smith - Feb 11, 2020
KEVIN I’m so sorry to learn of your fathers death. Please accept my condolences for your family. Especially your mother I grew very fond of her when we had therapy together
Kathleen Miler - Feb 10, 2020
I am sorry to hear of your loss. Beulah and family. my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dick & Phyllis Quinn - Feb 10, 2020
Beulah, Kevin, Kellie and family members: Please accept our sympathy and condolences in the loss of Charles. He was always a good friend to all of us, and a real credit to our community. Our love and prayers for all of you. Yours in Christ, Dick and Phyllis Quinn
Don Graham - Feb 9, 2020
It was a pleasure to have taught with Charlie.He was man of values and loved by his students and fellow teachers! God Bless your family!
Tammy Detterman Niese - Feb 7, 2020
Beulah and Family, Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May happy memories of Charles bring you comfort. Blessings 🙏🏼
Sue Babione - Feb 7, 2020
I am happy that I got to know Charles over the years. He will be greatly missed. May the Lord wrap His loving arms around you during this tough time. Lord's love and blessings to Beulah, Kevin, Mikki, Alec, Rachel, Kellie and her sons. Charles is now "standing" in the presence of our Lord Jesus. ♥
Cindy Lynch - Feb 7, 2020
So sorry for your loss.Mr Casto was my art teacher many years ago.
Linda (Heisler) Veletean - Feb 7, 2020
I am so deeply sorry to hear of Charles passing He was my parents neighbor and all us always enjoyed his and Beulah’s friendship. He will truly be missed. My prayers and sympathy to his family left to cherish his memories
Rick Reed - Feb 7, 2020
Kevin so sorry to hear about your dad passing. Prayers to you and the family.
Steve Axtell - Feb 7, 2020
Mr. Casto was my high school art teacher, as well as a mentor and friend throughout my life. He was instrumental in encouraging me in my creative pursuits and business. I cannot express how much he meant to me, and I can only hope that I can pass on the type of love and kindness to the people in my life, that he did to me. I'm so glad he got to live a long joyous life. My love and prayers to his family. Steve Axtell
Cledith and Linda Franks - Feb 6, 2020
It was a great pleasure to have know Charles. The one thing I will never forget about him was as soon as the Tornado was over here was Charles and Kevin helping us get our frozen food in the freezer over to the Jr High kitchen freezer so we didn't loose the food. Hope you enjoy all the good times you had with him.
Scott Franks - Feb 6, 2020
Mrs. Casto, Kevin and Kelly, Very sorry to hear of Mr. Casto!! I believe every time I saw him he had a paint brush in his hand!! Was an outstanding person with joy and a smile. I pray for comfort and strength during this time of sadness!! God bless to all of you and your families. Beefer