Bryan S. Casteel, 52, of Escanaba, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, June 19, 2021. He was born on April 29, 1969, in Marquette, the son of Donald and Patricia (Bennett) Casteel. He was raised in Escanaba and Gladstone and graduated from Gladstone High School in 1987. Following graduation, he was employed for many years doing mechanical work – he loved all things motorized and was a gifted mechanic. Many people knew him as the person who could fix their car or snow plow when no one else could. His most beloved possession was the 1971 Mustang that he lovingly restored.
Bryan was a loving father, son, brother, and friend. He was kind and generous, always willing to help those in need. His struggles and triumphs with bipolar disorder in his adult life helped to destigmatize mental illness for all those around him, and he served others suffering from mental illness by always providing a listening ear and a cup of coffee at his kitchen table.
He is survived by his children Mitchell Kelly of Escanaba and Ashley (Billy) Buckman of Maricopa, Ariz.; grandchildren Xyllar and Harper Buckman of Maricopa, Ariz.; parents Donald and Patricia Casteel of Gladstone; sisters Pam (Bey) Brown and Cheryl (Neal) Crout of Gladstone, and Kristen (Jess) Davis of Atlanta, Ga.; brother Larry (Yvonne) Williams of Eau Claire, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews. Bryan was preceded in death by his grandparents Clarence and Mary Casteel and Edward and Edna Bennett, and his step-grandmother Viola Bennett.
Visitation will be held from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at First Lutheran Church, 1212 Minneapolis Avenue in Gladstone. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., followed by a luncheon.