Thomas Stanley Castor, 77, passed away peacefully at home on December 29, 2021. He was born in his family home on August 22, 1944, in Birdsong, Missouri, the son of Clarence and Freida Castor.
Tom graduated from Collins High School in 1962 and married his high school sweetheart, Durlene Peterie, in 1963. They were blessed with three daughters: Suzanne, Kristi, and Kelly.
Tom worked for the Wichita Clinic, then at the Pizza Hut corporate office until 1988, when the family moved to Springfield, and he started his very successful career with Edward Jones. During his time there, he made many friends and earned several overseas trips that he and Durlene enjoyed together. He was an active member of Kiwanis International for many years, and also volunteered at the Well of Life Food Pantry after retiring.
Tom was saved at an early age and was ordained as a Deacon of the First Baptist Church of Springfield on August 30, 2015.
Tom loved to hunt, fish, and take the kids water skiing. He taught many children to water ski and enjoyed being with his family on the lake. He was an avid vegetable gardener known for his delicious, red tomatoes, and was featured in the Springfield News Leader with a photo next to his 7-foottall tomato vines. He loved to hunt morel mushrooms and while Durlene typically found the first, he delighted in often finding the most.
Tom was preceded in death by his mother and father, two brothers, Jim and Ray Castor, one sister, Clarita Pfeiffer, and brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Janet Peterie. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Durlene Castor, three daughters, Suzanne Allbee, Kristi Castor and Kelly Grigg, son-in-law, Travis Allbee, two granddaughters, Adyson and Miranda Allbee, three sisters, Shelly Martin, Roberta Tyler and Judy Freeman, and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
The celebration of life will be held at First Baptist Church in Springfield, 525 South Ave, at 10:00am on Monday, January 3rd. Following will be a graveside ceremony at the Freeman-Holsapple Cemetery in Collins at 2:00pm. Those who wish to remember Tom in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.