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“Dearest Adele, (and family) I am so sorry for the loss of your precious father. You looked a lot like him when you were young. It's been so long...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Patricia (Staelens) Buck - Dixon, IL

“Uncle Paul will always be remembered as a caring friendly man who always greeted you with a big smile and a hug. ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Consuelo & Mike Amesquita - IL

“Michele - Prayers to you and your family during this time. Keep those memories of your Father close to your heart. ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: SharylLynn Peterson - Pardeeville, WI

“Michele & Family - I am thinking of you & your family. Please try to hold your memories close and celebrate a life well lived. If you need anything...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: terrie Thorstad - Madison, WI

“Teresa sorry to hear about your Dad. You and your family are in my prayers. ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Mindy Todd - sterling, IL

“Thank you Pablo for your military service protecting us. May Peace be with You. ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: John Britt - Morrison, IL


STERLING – Pablo Castillo, 92 of Sterling died Sunday February 5, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

He was born on January 15, 1925 in San Benito, TX the son of Jose Guadalupe and Maria Carmen (Castillo) Gonzales. He married Severina Rodriguez on September 27, 1952 at St. Mary Church in Sterling.
In 1943, Pablo joined the Army Aircorps. Inducted in San Antonio, he went thru basic training and air mechanics school in Wichita Falls, TX and gunnery school in Ft Myers, FL. After training, he was shipped overseas in a B 26 as part of the 454th Squadron. Flying in 26 missions, his flight group flew in support of ground troops in the Battle of the Bulge. After V-E Day, Pablo returned to San Benito, TX.
After the war, he had planned to go to the Chicago area but took a detour to Sterling because of job opportunities. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire company for 38 ½ years. He was member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling , American Legion and VFW.
He found his true love at a dance and he vowed he would marry that lovely young woman someday. He did and was joined in marriage to Severina Rodriguez on September 27, 1952. They enjoyed almost 65 years together while raising their six children. He was a hard-working individual and provided an education and opportunities for his children.
In his free time, away from work, he spent hiking, picnicking and enjoying meals around the family table. After his retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his children and 11 grandsons and 1 grand daughter.
Survivors include his wife, Severina; four daughters: Adele (Mike) Eklund of Glendale, WI, Sue (Bruce) Shevlin of Springfield, IL, Michele (Tim) Henrekin of DeForest, WI and Teresa (Howard) Craft of Sterling, IL; one son, Paul (Peggy) Castillo of Woodbury, MN; one sister Ruth (Art) Durocher of Howell, MI; one brother, Luz (Patti) Gonzales of Muskegon, MI; 12 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Rose Ann; a sisters: Rachel Rodriguez and Ramona Garibay; and brother Leonard.

Visitation will be held on Thursday February 9, 2017 from 4-6 PM with the Rosary being recited at 3:45 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Avenue in Rock Falls. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Friday at 10 AM in St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling with the Reverend Adelberto Sanchez officiating. Burial will conclude at Calvary Cemetery.