Earl "Bud" Castle II, 62, of Alden, died Aug. 6, 2011, at home.

Bud was born July 8, 1949, in Pontiac, the son of Earl and Earline (Beach) Castle. Bud was a longtime resident of Alden, who enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pool and gardening. He was a past member of the Mancelona American Legion. He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

On Dec. 26, 1971, in Mancelona, he married Barbara Sandeen who survives. Also surviving are two sons, E.J. (Julie) Castle, of Bellaire, Tom (Traci) Castle, of Petoskey; two grandchildren, Jossie and Jater Castle, of Bellaire; three sisters, Kitrina "Kitty" (Mike) VanMeter, of Keego Harbor, Peggy Findley, of Kalkaska, Shirley Castle (Duane Miller), of Kalkaska; a brother, Bill Castle, of Kalkaska; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, Robert Sandeen; and two brothers-in-law, Dave Sandeen and John Felton.

Visitation will take place Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the funeral home. Pastor Todd Shafer will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in Helena Twp. Cemetery, Alden.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Please sign our online guestbook at www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are being made by the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.

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