Dennis Harry Casteel, 68, of Peoria, AZ, passed away on September 1, 2014. He was born July 29, 1946 to Stanley and Dorothy (Shultz) Casteel of Akron, OH. He graduated from North Phoenix High School in 1964, and later received his Associates Degree from Phoenix College. He married Kathi Naughton on June 28, 1969. Since 1988, he owned and managed Casteel Electric Inc. He was a two time President of the Sheriff's Mounted Posse of Maricopa County, President of the Independent Electrical Contractors Association of Arizona, member of the Verde Vaqueros, the Roosevelt Rough Riders, the USTRC and the American Quarter Horse Association. Dennis is survived by his loving spouse of 45 years, Kathi, two daughters, Stephanie (Tim) Barbini-Erickson, their children Austin, Carter and Xavier; Amy (Saxon) Hill, their children Emily, Mason, Slater and Shelby; brother Larry (Sharon, sons Chris and Zach) Casteel; sister-in-law, Susan (Clark) Rutledge; brothers- in-law, Jerry (Patti) Naughton, John (Patti) Naughton, Mike (Raney) Naughton, and Jim (Mary Ellen) Naughton; nieces and nephews Shawn, Kevin, Matt, Sheri, John, Jason, Kim, Scott, Shannon, Tim, Lindsey, Erin and Kelli. He was preceded in death by his Father, Stanley Melton Casteel and his son-in-law Matt Barbini. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014, at 11am, at Christ Church of the Valley, 7007 W Happy Valley Rd, Peoria, AZ; reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to Horses Help, 2601 E Rose Garden Ln, Phx, AZ 85050 or at horseshelp.org. Online condolences can be shared at
www.heritagefuneralchapels.com.

Dennis Casteel Passes Away

 

Following is an email from Dennis Casteel's brother, Larry:
 
Sadly, the family made the difficult decision, based on Dennis' "end-of-life" wishes, to remove any life support apparatus Monday evening.  After extensive consultations with various Doctors in the field of neurology, and reviewing the degrading condition of both lobs and 3 levels of the brain from the various CAT scans over the last 3 days, it became all too obvious that even a partial or minimal "normal life" recovery was not possible.  The life support systems were removed shortly after 7:00, and Dennis passed peacefully and painlessly at 7:36.  Family was crowded around, touching Dennis and holding on to each other.  It was a painful, tortuous process for the family to endure, but it was the right decision and what Dennis had requested. 
 
Age is a very big discriminator with brain injuries.  Statistically this extensive of an injury has a 0% chance of near-normal life recovery for those over 60 yrs of age; survival is possible but in an almost "unaware" state.  We all new that that life condition was not his wish and was specifically identified in his "end-of-life" document.  I would strongly urge everyone, if you haven't already done so, to complete and notarize your "end-of-life" desires; it makes decisions much easier for the direct family and/or designated responsibility parties.
 
On behalf of Kathi, Stephanie and Amy, and the extended family, I would like to thank everyone who visited Dennis at the hospital over the last 4 days, and a special thanks to all who brought food and drinks and to all who sent messages of love and best wishes, heartfelt sentiments and prayers.
 
A Tribute to Life memorial service will be scheduled in the near future.
 
"Happy Trails" dear Brother!

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