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James Castner

January 20, 1924 - December 16, 2022
Lawton, MI


Mass of Christian Burial

Monday, December 26, 2022
11:00 AM EST
St. Mary Church
209 S Brown St
Paw Paw, MI 49079
(269) 657-4459

Due to inclement weather, the service has been postponed until Monday.



At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

St Vincent de Paul c/o St John Bosco Parish
23830 Front Ave
Mattawan, MI 49071
(269) 668-3312
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Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

1830 S. Westnedge
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 349-4961
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Taylor's Florist and Gifts
215 E. Michigan Ave.
Paw Paw, MI 49079
(269) 657-6256
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Life Story / Obituary


James O. Castner of Lawton, age 98, died peacefully on December 16, 2022, at his home. Jim was born January 20, 1924 in Lawton, the son of Orville and Vera (Reynolds) Castner. Jim owned and operated Maple Lawn Farms in Lawton. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Mary “F&M” in 2016; daughter, Mary Martha; and son, Jason. Members of his family include his children: Michael Castner, Patrick (Karen) Castner, Peter (Elena) Castner, Molly (Donald) Boone, Ellen Robertson, James (Ramona) Castner, and Mikey (Cheri) Castner; grandchildren: Krystal, Jacob, Marcello, Christopher, T.J. McDuff, Jessica, William, Anna; great-grandchildren: Brittany, Ashley, and Cody; and great-great-grandchildren: Katniss, Aarrow, Grace, and Ella.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11AM Monday (DEC 26) at St. Mary Church, Paw Paw. Cremation will follow. Visit Jim’s webpage at BetzlerLifeStory.com to archive favorite memories, photos and sign his guestbook. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society. Betzler & Thompson Life Story Funeral Homes, 60900 M-40, Paw Paw, MI 49079, (269) 657-3870.