Anthony F. Castle

September 22, 1916 - December 15, 1997

Source: Chicago Tribune

Anthony F. Castle, 81, of Niles, a musical prodigy, a World War II veteran and a chemical engineer who founded Castle Metal Finishing Corp. in Schiller Park, died Monday in his home after a lengthy illness.

Mr. Castle was born in Chicago and received his degree in chemical engineering from the Armour Institute of Technology, Chicago, in 1936.

He was a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Administrative Corps during World War II, and he served as commanding officer of a detachment aboard the hospital ship USS Hope in the Pacific Theater.

Mr. Castle founded Castle Metal Finishing in 1963 and served as its president. He also was a longtime member of the Chicago Metal Finishers Institute and sat on its board of directors from 1963 to 1968.

In 1972, he received the National Association of Metal Finishers Award of Merit for his contribution as a member of the committee that wrote the pamphlet "The Comparative Merits of Electro-Deposited Cadmium and Zinc" in 1964, and for his sole editorship of the 1971 revision.

He was an active member of the American Electroplaters Society and the American Society for Metals.

Mr. Castle also served on the Chamber of Commerce in Niles and was a former chairman of the suburban Water Pollution Abatement Committee.

He was a prodigy who adeptly played 15 musical instruments, attained the rank of Eagle Scout, was a ranked tennis player, and enjoyed bowling, golf, photography and handball.

"This gentleman always made time for his employees," said Patrick Schlifka, vice president of Castle Metal. "He truly had an open-door policy."

Mr. Castle is survived by his wife, Thelma.

Army Serial Number 16126688
County & State of Residence Cook County, Illinois
Place of Enlistment Chicago, IL
Date of Enlistment 09/29/42
Grade PVT – Private
Source of Army Personnel Civilian Life
Nativity Illinois
Year of Birth 1916
Education 3 Years of College
Civilian Occupation Chemists, assayers and metallurgists
Marital Status Married
Component of the Army US Army Voluntary Enlistment
Box Number 0223
Film Reel Number 2.80

Source: National Archives