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Henry “Hank” Luther Kastl Jr., 91, of Billings, who had been an auto mechanic and service manager, died July 30, 2013, at Butterfly Assisted Living.
The son of Henry Luther Kastl Sr. and Sarah Kyger Kastl, he was born Aug. 8, 1921, in Hominy, Okla. He spent his youth in the Midwest working on oil rigs with his father and with the Civilian Conservation Corps.
He enlisted in the Navy in 1941, right after Pearl Harbor, and served until 1946. He married Mary Ruth “Jo” Beall on Sept. 22, 1945, in Vancouver, Wash.
During the 1950s, they moved to Billings where he worked for the Pierce family as an auto mechanic specializing in Jeeps. He left Pierce for several years, opening his own shop alongside John Beurer’s on Montana Avenue, then returned to Pierce as service manager for the RV and trailer center, a job he held until he retired.
Mr. Kastl was an active Mason in Billings and spent time woodworking and as a recreational lapidarist. He had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Survivors include his wife; a son, David of Helena; two granddaughters; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Graveside services were held Aug. 5 at Sunset Memorial Gardens with a reception at Butterfly Homes, 77 Lily Valley Circle. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.