Bobby Eugene (Gene) Casto

Bobby Eugene (Gene) Casto passed away June 22, 2020 at his home near Tenaha. He was born August 9, 1934 in Gay, WV to Irvin Parl and Ruby Hudson Casto. He graduated from high school in Nitro, WV and, after working as a tv technician for a few years, joined the USAF. It was while he was stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base that he met Maggie, when he pulled her from a lake as she went down a slide with her mouth open. As he liked to say, he grabbed her and never let go. The two were married on June 5, 1960, following his discharge from the Air Force and he began his career with the Federal Aviation Agency, a career that took the family to six states and thirteen towns. After his retirement they moved to Tenaha, Maggie’s family homeplace.


Gene often remarked he had music in his soul and he enjoyed singing in church choirs and with groups entertaining for nursing home residents.  He and Maggie played with the Tulsa Community Band and the Shreveport Metropolitan Concert Band and for several years took their trombone, saxophone and voices to area nursing homes, sharing forties and fifties music.


He liked to say he wasn’t born in Texas but he got here as fast as he could and enjoyed being an associate member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas, sharing early Texas history and glimpses into life on the 1840’s Texas frontier through costumes, black powder rifle demonstrations and music programs.


Gene is survived by his wife, Margaret LeMaster, (Maggie) Casto, his sons Jeff Casto of Allen, TX, Don Casto of Tenaha, a nephew Dann (Lori) of Waynesboro, VA, a sister-in-law Monica Casto of Hunington, WV and his fur buddy and companion, Max.


He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Donald and his “mother on his wife’s side of the family,” Mabel Harrison LeMaster Yeary.


At his request he will be cremated and a graveside celebration of life will be held later. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shelby County Historical Society and Museum, the Fannie Brown Booth Library or the Methodist Church in Tenaha.


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