Charles F. Castner, age 68, of Cambridge died unexpectedly at home on August 15, 2022. A memorial visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on TUESDAY, August 23rd at Strike Life Tributes in Cambridge. Private interment at a later date.
Charles “Charlie” Frank Castner was born September 9, 1953 to Melvin and Blanche Castner. He grew up on a 40 acre farm just outside of Anoka. Charlie graduated from Anoka High School in 1972.
Charlie worked for a bus company, where he discovered his first love of “grease up to the elbows”. He was in the Army for 4 years, stationed in Colorado for a majority of that time. After his military service, he moved to Washington State, before moving back to Minnesota in the 80’s. As a professional charter bus driver, he enjoyed traveling and was able to see many different parts of the country, sleeping very few nights in his own bed. He was proud to work at Federal Cartridge, however, it is hard to keep a guy locked up inside, when he has that big of a love for being behind the wheel. He drove semi-trucks right up to the end of his days.
Charlie loved Ford Trucks, having as many as 7 or 8 at one time. He enjoyed working on them, as well as riding motorcycles and 3 wheelers. Hunting, target shooting and guns were a passion being a long-time member of the NRA. Charlie met his perfect match when he and Cindy got married. He found the love of his life, and she shared many of his passions. Including his love of adventures, good food, and very special family time, with sweet grandbabies.
Charlie died August 15, 2022 unexpectedly at home. Charlie is preceded in death by his parents and beloved wife, Cindy. He is survived by children, Doug, Nathan, Shanna and Trevor; grandchildren, Waylon and Abel; sister, Joan (Clarence) Christensen; and by many other family and friends.
Carolynn Olson says
Charlie was one of a kind. If you were a friend of his it was forever. He will be missed by many. Miss you rest in peace
John Stoesz says
Charlie, I’m going to miss you! Joan, I am sorry for your loss of your little brother.
What a great friend, i just could not talk him into staying out in Washington state. He wanted to stay in Minnesota.
Joy Walker says
I’ll always remember Michelle and Matthew school bus driver. Michelle always talked about it
Anne Marie Peterson says
Charlie you will be miss very much. I don’t know how we are going to get the material from scandia to Blaine with out you…RIP my friend
Elliott Ostertag says
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
Charlie must have wrote this…
Always available and helpful.
Willing to help and able to communicate a great teacher , was willing to share his knowledge and pass it on to others. One of The Good Guys , you will be missed.
Lost track of you over the years , I shouldn’t have. My loss.
Thanks for being there.
GreatDays to you my friend.
Doug Welty says
I love you dad. I miss you.