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Raymond "Ray" Patrick Tumeo Kastle

1961 ~ 2023 (age 62) 62 Years Old
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Raymond "Ray" Kastle Obituary

Wagener - Raymond Patrick Kastle (at birth named Raymond Patrick Tumeo), was born November 29, 1961 in Columbus Ohio, to Gay McBerty Tumeo and the late Anthony Raymond Tumeo. Ray Kastle, 62, peacefully passed away in his sleep December 18th, 2023 in Wagener, South Carolina.

Ray loved the outdoors and spent his childhood years in Galena Ohio hiking, fishing, and swimming with his 3 siblings (Faith Tumeo Chandler, Patrick Joseph Tumeo, and Steven Douglas Tumeo). During Ray’s Junior year of high school, his mother remarried, he gained 3 new brothers (Robert Hoskinson, Michael Hoskinson, and Jim Hoskinson), and his whole family moved to Johnstown, Ohio.

Ray’s lifelong best friend, Scott Ferko recalls that Ray was best known for teasing his family and friends and cracking jokes. He loved to make people laugh.

Ray Kastle was also known for his dedication to family, and friends. As a teenager, Ray became an Eagle Scout, pledging to do his best in all matters and he lived that oath. In 1981, Ray joined the United States Navy and served on the USS Narwhal (SSN-671). The Narwhal, a fast-attack submarine, is named after the narwhal, a unique artic whale with a unicorn-like tusk. The uniqueness of Ray Kastle matched the uniqueness of the Narwhal. Ray was a unicorn! He was a brilliant man with a big heart, big feet, and quirky fun personality. Ray spent 10 years in the US Navy, working in the engine room on nuclear submarines, and earned the rank of Petty Officer. When Ray left the military, he worked at 2 nuclear power plants. His second nuclear powerplant was near Allentown, Pennsylvania. This is the place where he met his true love.

On October 14, 2000, Raymond Patrick Tumeo married the love of his life, Dale Kastle, and changed his name to Raymond Patrick Kastle. Dale had a beautiful young daughter, Kathryne Anne OHare. Ray was ecstatic to become her father. Ray loved his family and was devoted to them through all of life’s trials and tribulations. Ray also loved his animals. He was never without pets such as dogs, farm animals, and even llamas.

In search of a new career, Ray began his work at Merck as a Senior Engineer in Reliability. He later became the Associate Director, Maintenance Excellence at Merck. Ray Kastle authored several Publications in Pharma Manufacturing for his work in Risk, Reliability and Failure Coding. Ray genuinely loved his position at Merck as it allowed him to travel the world and still spend a lot of time with the wife Dale Kastle, that he loved so deeply. In all, Ray Kastle had 30 years’ experience in maintenance, reliability, and projects in the military, commercial nuclear power, housing rehab, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Ray Kastle wanted people to have fun in life. He loved the game Dungeons & Dragons, a quintessential geek pastime. Using medieval characters and mythical creatures, he and his teenage friends conducted their adventures on a game board. As an adult, he continued D&D, and began attending Medieval Festivals dressed as a knight, with a sword and all. His collection of medieval swords and dragons was tremendous. However, it was dwarfed by his collection of t-shirts with some kind of fictional knight, dragon, or cartoon character.

At the heart of it all, Ray devoted his life to taking care of others, no matter who they were or what they needed. For example, shortly after he joined the Navy, Ray used his meager pay to help his sister pay for one semester of college. His dedication to family and friends continued throughout his life. He helped people fix their cars, their houses, and their lives. However, his primary goal was to make sure people were happy in all ways possible. Forever, he will be remembered for the good he did, and the sound of his laughter after he played a joke on a family member or friend.

In Ray’s memory, live as he did, with honor, service to others, love, and laughter.  

Ray is survived by his wife Dale Kastle, daughter Kathryne Ohare, Mother Gay Olka, stepfather Mike Olka, sister, Faith Chandler, and brothers: Pat Tumeo, Doug Tumeo, Robert Hoskinson, Michael Hoskinson, and Jim Hoskinson.

Celebration of Life will be Saturday, January 6, 2024 at Blizzard Funeral Home Chapel beginning at 2:00 pm.  

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Celebration of Life
January 6, 2024

2:00 PM
Blizzard Funeral Home Chapel
163 Main Street South
Wagener, SC 29164


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