Dennis “Dennie” Ray Caster, age 69, of Osceola, passed away Friday, May 24, 2019 at Clarke County Hospital, under the care of UnityPoint Hospice from mesothelioma, caused by work-related asbestos exposure when he was in his 20’s. Dennis was born on Oct. 28, 1949, in Newton, to Leo Francis and Dorothy Isabelle (Yohe) Caster.
The family moved from Newton, to an 80 acre farm northeast of Moravia, when he was young. He graduated from Moravia High School with the class of 1968. He later attended school at the community college in Ottumwa, and received a diploma in computer maintenance, and a second time a few years later, in television servicing.
He disliked jobs that required him to work at a desk, and liked work that had him on his feet and working with his hands. He actually liked working in a factory, especially that of industrial maintenance. After a factory closing near home; he found employment in Osceola, where he lived for the last 35 years. He worked at Monroe Plastics in Albia, for 10 years; Smith Laundry in Albia; Furnas Electric/Siemens in Osceola, for 19 years; Dekko Engineering in Lucas; and Gits Manufacturing in Creston, for nine years.
Dennis had many interests and hobbies over the years. He liked to travel and to read. He was very interested in astronomy, had his own large telescope. He spent many nights stargazing at his parent’s farm near Moravia, through the telescope and binoculars. For a few years, he was interested in building and flying RC (radio controlled) aircraft. Sports-wise, he liked to watch college football and basketball, with Iowa State being his favorite team. He also liked to listen to, and tell jokes, he loved humor. Even though he had absolutely no musical talent and abilities himself, he loved to listen to music; and he had a large collection of recorded music.
In his early 50’s, he made a decision, to take country line dancing lessons from the local dance instructors, at the Eagles Lodge in Osceola. The dance lessons were not easy for Dennis, and he considered himself to be the worst dancer in the class. However, with a lot of encouragement from others, a lot more dance lessons, and practice; he became a good dancer. While he couldn’t sing the songs he liked, he could now dance to the music he liked.
With a dance partner, he started to take country couples dance lessons, and they were a lot more fun than just line dancing. Eventually he met Charlotte, who became his permanent dance partner. Together they took couples dance lessons, and learned to do many different types of dances.
He considered Charlotte much more than a dance partner and companion; but could honestly say that she was the best friend, he ever had, his entire life. Besides dancing, they attended many good music concerts at Lakeside Casino in Osceola. They loved to go hiking together, and would go to different Iowa state parks, just to hike the trails. They also hiked the trails in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. The last couple of years, they traveled and enjoyed several senior citizen bus tours together.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Dorothy.
He is survived by his brother Ron (Diane) Clester of Albia; and his special best friend and companion, Charlotte Jennings of Ellston; as well as other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at the Sinnott Funeral Home in Albia. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Sinnott Funeral Home in Albia. Inurnment will follow services in Service Chapel Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to UnityPoint Hospice or Clarke County Hospital. Online condolences may be left for the family at sinnottfuneralhome.com.