James H. Castle, 71


James H. Castle, 71, passed away Jan. 10, 2014.

He was born Feb. 13, 1942, in Madison to James B. and Anastasia (Johnson) Castle.

Following his graduation from Edgewood High School in Madison, he attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where he joined the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and was awarded a degree in business administration in 1965.

A lifelong Badgers fan, he first met his future wife, Sally, on a train to the 1960 Rose Bowl. They reconnected in Madison several years later, and were married Aug. 3, 1968. He became a certified public accountant, and in 1976 moved to Cedarburg with his young family, where a few years later he began his accounting practice, which he continued until his retirement.

He was involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations, including serving as president of the Cedarburg Lions Club, treasurer of Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary and on the board of directors of the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center and the Cedarburg Foundation.

Jim had many interests, including sports, reading, cards, history, movies, travel and investing. He was a runner and played tennis and golf. He was a Badgers football season ticket holder for many years, and looked forward to going back to Madison in the fall. In addition to traveling to many Badgers bowl games, he enjoyed trips to Europe, Asia and traveling within the United States, including visiting his children.

He is survived by his wife, Sally Ann (Sennett); sister, Nancy Taussig and her husband, Peter of Berkeley, Calif.; son, James B. (Jay) Castle and his wife, Amie Zemlicka of Oakland Calif.; daughter, Julie (Castle) Payne and her husband, Randy; and grandchildren, Liam and Fiona of Skokie Ill.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the aforementioned civic and charitable organizations to which Jim devoted many years of his life.

A celebration of life open house will be held on Feb. 8 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at West Bend Country Club, 5858 Highway Z, West Bend.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting  www.muellerfuneralhome.com.

Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory in Cedarburg assisted the family with arrangements.