Captain James “Jim” Edward Casti, USMC, Retired, 87, of Newport, NC, died Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Carteret Health Care, Morehead City.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 12, 2021 at Annunciation Catholic Church with Fr. Bill Upah officiating. The committal service with full military honors will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Newport, NC. The family will receive friends at Noe-Brooks Funeral Home in Morehead City on Sunday, April 11, 2021 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
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Jim was born May 2, 1933 in South Fork, PA to Massimo U. Casti and Margaret Chessa Casti. He was raised in Erhenfeld, PA and graduated from South Fork Croyle High School. On August 6, 1955 he married his high school sweetheart, Helen Marie Moratti. Jim and Helen have been residents of Newport, NC since 1960. Jim proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corps for 33 years, entering the service July 1954 and retiring at the rank of Captain April 1985. During his military career, he received a battlefield commission amid the Vietnam War where he served 3 combat tours. He also completed a combat tour during the Korean War. His service to our country earned him 3 Purple Hearts, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon as well as 21 additional service ribbons and medals.
In his retirement, he spent countless hours volunteering. Jim was a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 639 in Newport where he served as Past Commander, Past State Commander and the National Welfare Officer. He served as Past Commander of Disabled American Veterans NC Chapter 26 where he additionally served as Welfare Chairman and Fund Raiser Chairman. He was a member of the American Legion Chapter 46 and a Life Member of VFW Post 7315, both in Morehead City. Jim was also a 4th Degree Sir Knight with the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen Marie Moratti Casti; daughters, Victoria Lynn Morris and husband, Phillip Daryl Morris of Morehead City, Tina Casti Henry and husband, Meredith Wayne Henry of Atlantic Beach, Gina Brooks Hailer and husband, Michael August Hailer of Beaufort; sister, Louise Casti Wadsworth of South Fork, PA; brothers, Robert Eugene Casti of South Fork, PA, Thomas Gary Casti and wife, Shirley of Gaithersburg, MD; grandchildren, Gina Louise Wyman, Meredith Wayne Henry II, and Thomas Sheldon Wyman and wife Candice Marie Wyman; step grandchildren, Christina Ann Lafferty-Fakkema and husband Cory Richard Fakkema and Christopher James Hailer; great-grandson, Walter Harvey Wyman; and step great-grandchildren, Osmund Richard Lafferty-Fakkema and Frederick James Fakkema as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his sister, Loretta Jean Panick; brothers, Joseph Casti, Massimo Casti, and Lawrence Casti; and son-in-law, Bertie Monroe Brooks, Jr.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 639, PO Box 744, Morehead City, NC 28557; Disabled American Veterans Chapter 26, 468 US-70, Havelock, NC 28532; or Knights of Columbus, Annunciation Catholic Church, 246 E Main St, Havelock, NC 28532.
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Arrangements by Noe-Brooks Funeral Home, Morehead City, NC.
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