Oel D. Castner died on August 21, 2021 in Katy, Texas. He was 83. Oel was born in Lubbock, TX and raised in Lamesa, TX. Oel and his family lived in many places before moving to Spring, TX, where he and wife Catherine (nee Weaver) lived for 40 years.
He attended college at Abilene Christian University and Texas Tech University, and then joined the Navy in 1957. While in the Navy, he trained in Pensacola, FL and Corpus Christi, TX. Among his many duties, Oel sang in the Navy choir, played on the Navy baseball team, and served as a ship morale officer on the USS Cimarron.
After his Navy service, Oel settled in Corpus Christi, TX where he met and married Catherine. While he lived in Corpus Christi, he
was active in civic organizations and participated in church and community service endeavors. His belief in service to others led him to working with children in need.
In 1970, Oel and Catherine founded the Texas Youth Ranch in Manor, TX near Austin. He then worked for many years as an administrator of children’s homes throughout Central Texas, including at the Alamo Boys Ranch, and Baptist Children’s Home in San Antonio.
In the 1980’s, Oel’s career path led to sales. Oel traveled throughout the country selling home décor until he retired in 2002. His retirement was filled with helping high school students find athletic scholarships for college and auctioneering at charity events. As an amateur folklorist and storyteller, Oel was fond of telling cowboy stories at elementary schools for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Speaker’s Committee. Oel was an avid sportsman and loved playing and watching sports throughout his life, especially golf and fishing. He was active in church, known for his desire to help others, and for making friends everywhere he traveled.
Oel is survived by his devoted wife, Catherine, and their daughters, Christy Castner (Adjoa Robinson), Sherry Simonson (Roger Simonson), 3 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents C.W. and Geneva Castner, and brother, Lonny Castner.
Oel will be laid to rest at the Houston National Cemetery and a memorial service will be held at Grace Crossing Church at 105 FM 1488, Conroe, TX 77384, on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 11:00am and will live stream at: https://vimeo.com/592399076