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August 13, 1953 ~ September 1, 2023 (age 70) 70 Years Old
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We gather today to honor the life and legacy of Gilbert "Gil" Castillo, a beacon of wisdom, faith, and camaraderie who illuminated the lives of those fortunate enough to know him. Born on the 13th of August, 1953 in Oconto, Wisconsin, Gil was a man who lived life to the fullest, never forgetting his roots and always striving to make the world around him a better place. His journey on Earth culminated on the 1st of September, 2023 in Longview, Texas, leaving behind a legacy that will continue to inspire generations to come. Gil was a proud Army veteran, whose service to his country was marked by courage, dedication, and resilience. His experiences in the military instilled in him a sense of discipline and respect that he carried throughout his life, influencing all who had the privilege to interact with him. Gil was not just a soldier, but a warrior in every sense of the word, always ready to fight for what he believed in and for those he loved. Gil's love for his family was evident in the way he cherished his wife, Esperanza M. Castillo, his stepdaughter Maria Madrigal, his children Dannie, Nicole, Nina and Jon Castillo. His family was his sanctuary, his source of strength and solace, and he was their pillar, always standing tall and strong, ready to support and protect. In his free time, Gil was an avid golfer and fisherman, finding peace and tranquility in the gentle sway of the golf club and the soft murmur of the river. He was a master of all things mechanical, his hands skilled in fixing cars and renovating houses. He had a unique talent for breathing new life into old things, reviving their beauty and functionality with an artist's touch and a mechanic's precision. His love for cooking was renowned amongst his friends and family, his dishes a testament to his creativity and passion. Gil was a man of faith, deeply involved in his church and always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. His compassion and kindness were infectious, inspiring others to be better, to do better. He had a special place in his heart for his furry kids, their companionship bringing him immense joy and comfort. Gil was wise beyond his years, his words and actions reflecting a depth of understanding that was truly remarkable. He was a man of faith, his beliefs firm and unwavering, guiding him through life's trials and tribulations. He was friendly to all, his warm smile and jovial demeanor a welcome presence in any gathering. As we remember Gilbert "Gil" Castillo, let us not dwell on his departure, but celebrate his life, his accomplishments, and the positive impact he had on us all. His spirit lives on in the hearts of those he touched, his legacy a beacon of hope, love, and resilience. Gil's life was a testament to the power of faith, the strength of family, and the joy of friendship. His journey may have ended, but his story continues to inspire, his memory a source of comfort and motivation. In conclusion, Gilbert Castillo was a man whose life was a shining example of service, love, and determination. He lived his life with purpose, always striving to make a difference, always ready to lend a hand. His memory will forever be etched in our hearts, a reminder of a life well-lived, a legacy well-earned. Let us honor him by living our lives with the same courage, compassion, and conviction that he did. Farewell, Gil. You have made the world a better place, and you will be missed deeply. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Friday September 22, 2023 1:00 PM The Church of Latter-day Saints, Marshall 700 Plantation Lane Marshall, TX 75670