Arizona native Frede Leon Castleberry passed away on Thursday, Aug. 3, at home in Yucca, Ariz. Interment was at Yucca.
He was born June 10, 1932, at home in Winslow, and raised in northern Arizona around logging camps and Forest Service stations, including Chevelon Canyon, Happy Jack, Long Valley, Mormon Lake, Camp Verde and Flagstaff. He graduated from Winslow High School with the Class of 1951, and hired on with AT&SF Railroad in the signal department.
Work was interrupted by a tour of duty with the U.S. Army, and he was stationed in occupied Germany.
After returning to the signal department, where he completed years of gang work and relief maintenance, he was promoted to signal maintainer. He held that position in Gallup N.M., Canyon Diablo and Yucca before retiring after 38 years of service to the railroad. Since retirement, he gathered and cut mesquite firewood to heat the home.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Dorothy; his children, Susan Shaw of Joseph City, Sherry Ybanez (Victor) of George West. Texas, and Frede Lee Castleberry of Lake Havasu City; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Stories of the forests, the hunting trips and the rails will be remembered and retold.