Robert “Bubba” Castoe passed away Oct. 10, 2016, at the age of 72 at Providence Hospital with his children and grandchildren at his side. Bubba was born Jan. 1, 1944, to Benny Hugo and Elizabeth Fern (Enyeart) Castoe in Las Animas, Colorado.
When he was a child, the family moved around quite a bit before settling in Emmett, Idaho, when Bubba was a teenager. Bubba went into the Army and was stationed in Worms, Germany, from 1960 to 1963. He got out of the military and moved back to Emmett where he met and married his wife, Marsha Ann (Perry) Castoe, on July 10, 1965. Bubba decided to rejoin the Army in the fall of 1965, and retired from the military Dec. 31, 1984.
During his many years of military service, Bubba and Marsha moved to wherever the military sent them, Maryland, Germany (four times), Colorado (twice), Kansas, and Vietnam/Idaho. During those moves, they had four children: Robert, Tracy, Cindy and Willy. In August 1982, Bubba was stationed at Fort Greely. While there, Bubba and Marsha decided it was time for him to retire and to stay in Alaska. They moved off post and set up house in Delta Junction. Bubba loved to hunt and fish and would fish all night with his best friend, George. Most of the time when he went fishing, he would catch and release as he believed in preserving the fish for others to have the fun of catching them, and spent a lot of time hunting but would think about all the work it would be if he shot something and would get out his fishing pole and fish instead.
Bubba and Marsha enjoyed RVing in their motorhome and were planning to start snowbirding next winter. Bubba joined Delta-Clearwater Moose Family Center No. 911 on Sept. 30, 1987. From that time forward Bubba lived and breathed Moose. In 2004, he and his family moved to North Pole, and he joined North Pole Lodge No. 306 on Jan. 24, 2007. Bubba was a life member of Delta-Clearwater Moose Family Center 911 and North Pole Family Center 306. Bubba earned his Moose Fellowship Degree in June 2001 and his Pilgrim Degree of Merit on June 4, 2016, which he was very honored to receive. Bubba was the Alaska Moose Legion Ambassador from 2011 to 2014.
After moving to North Pole in 2004, Bubba worked for a number of years for Princess Tours and then he decided it was time for him to retire permanently, and devote himself to Moose International and taking care of children, seniors and the local community. Bubba was a life member of the VFW Post 10029 and the DAV AK2 and was a member of the American Legion Post 57 and the Forty and Eight Locale 1159.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Fern; his sister, Peggy Thornton; and his nephew, Richard Ford.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marsha, of North Pole; sons Robert, of North Pole, and Willy, of Wasilla; daughters Tracy, of Eagle River, and Cindy, of Anchorage; grandsons Steven (Katie) Fett, of Anchorage; and Michael Stolin, of Anchorage/North Pole; granddaughters Jill Voltura and Lael Stolin, of Anchorage; brothers Bruce (Linda), of Las Vegas, Nevada; William (Patti), of Dallas, Texas; and Thomas (Tammy) Castoe of Coos Bay, Oregon; sister Dietra Dixon, of Emmett, Idaho; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins in the Lower 48.
Bubba loved to talk to people and never met a stranger. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends that he made all over the world. His final wishes were not to mourn his passing but to celebrate his life and share with others stories and adventures that included him in your life.
Bubba’s final wishes were to be cremated. Next summer, his ashes will be spread around his favorite hunting and fishing places. A formal ceremony with military honors may be scheduled at that time.