V. (Bob) Castleman Sr.
1935 - 2012
Published in Idaho
Statesman on January 24, 2012
Robert V. (Bob) Castleman
Sr., 76, of Boise, passed away January 21, 2012 due to complications from
an unspecified neurological disease, at The Life Care Center of Treasure
Bob was born in Mexico, Missouri to Samuel and Opal Castleman on September
22, 1935. He graduated from Excelsior High School in Norwalk, California
After setting numerous school records in baseball and football, several
still stand today, he was selected in the Major League Baseball draft
as a pitcher by the St. Louis Cardinals. He played in the Cardinals, Pirates
and Cubs organizations from 1954-1957, until a rotator cuff injury ended
He served in the U.S. Army from 1958-1960.
Baseball was his passion. He co-founded Meridian Little League in 1978.
He was instrumental in building the original Meridian Little League Baseball
fields, and was the Head Coach of the first Meridian Little League All-Star
team to reach the Regional Tournament in San Bernardino, California in
1983. He continued to share his passion and knowledge of baseball, coaching
Meridian Babe Ruth, Meridian High School and American Legion's Meridian
Bob was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of
50 years, Linda, son Rob, sister Harriet, brother Bill and his beloved
nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank all of those who shared loving thoughts and
prayers, as well as The Life Care Center of Treasure Valley and Legacy
Hospice of Boise for care and support during Bob's last days.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, January 27, 2012,
at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, 5400 Fairview Ave, Boise, 83706.