Charles Leon Costello
Charles Leon Costello, Jr., was born on Sept. 17, 1932, in Scott City.
Charles passed away on May 30, 2019.
H e was the second son of Kathryn Gladys (Cretcher) Costello and Charles Leon Costello, Sr.
He had an older brother, Lew W. Costello, who died in 2002, and a younger sister, Mary Kathryn (Costello) Herrell, who passed in 2004. Charles and his siblings were all born and raised in Scott City and Charles often shared fond memories of his time here with his friends throughout his life.
When Charles turned 11, he joined the Boy Scouts of America and excelled within the ranks. By 1947, he had reached Eagle rank and was awarded the Order of the Arrow at the Fremont Scouting Camp in New Mexico. This award is presented to only one out of every 50 senior Scouts.
Charles also was an avid model car and model plane builder and took up the hobby of building and flying free flight gas powered wood and silk-span model planes on the open prairie around Scott City.
Charles was a graduate of Scott Community High School in 1950. He was both an excellent student and athlete and was always very proud of his contributions to the teams. His framed collection of track ribbons won hung on his bedroom wall throughout his lifetime.
He attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence on a scholastic scholarship. He applied and was accepted into the U.S. Air Force Aviation Cadet program for pilot training, but he was eventually disqualified due to knee problems.
He still served two years in the Air Force at a radar site in Alaska, then returned to his studies at KU and graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He then returned to Scott City to assist his mother for a short time.
Charles moved to Montana in 1960, made a lifelong friend in Howard Nelson and was employed by the Federal Bureau of Land Management, thus beginning a long career of government service. He started on a special project rewriting all the land grants and withdraw records at the land office in Billings. He spent a few years as a Wage and Hour Investigator, enforcing Equal Pay for Equal Work regulations, and in 1972 he volunteered to assist in the re-nominating and election procedures for the United Mine Workers of America Union when the infamous Tony Boyle’s election to president of the Union was set aside.
While attending to his duties in the re-run election process he was stationed in Hazelton, Pa. It was there that he me Christine Loraine Ketusky, whom he would marry on Oct. 17, 1974. They made their initial home in Topeka as Charles continued his work for the government as well as studying for his GIA gemologist degree.
In 1977, he resigned his GS 12 and he and Christine opened a fine jewelry store in downtown Topeka. The orginal plan was to move the store to Las Cruces, N.M., because he and Christine had fallen in love with the area, but the market was not cooperative, so in 1980 Charles re-joined the government workforce at White Sands Missile Range.
He worked there until he retired in 1993, at which time he and Christine moved to nearby Deming to be in the heart of quail hunting territory where he could literally go hunting out his back door on the way to his mailbox.
Charles and Christine remained in Deming for the rest of their lives. Christine passed away in 2001. Charles continued training his own bird dogs and hunting quail until health issues ultimately sidelined him. In 2015 he entered assisted living.
Though some of his memories faded, those of his childhood in Scott City remained firm and so we offer to his home town this all too brief recap of a life full of adventure, challenges and a loving marriage.