Castleberry, Clyde E.

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amem_br-sunset.jpgDr. Clyde E. Castleberry, 78, of Radford, died on the evening of Thursday, October 8, 2015 after a brief but intense battle with cancer. He was born on March 28, 1937 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin to Ransom and Alice Castleberry.

He was the first of his family to attend college and earned a BS from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. After serving in the National Guard, he then earned a MS from UW Madison and a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer where he later served as a faculty member. Prior to moving to Virginia in 1979, he homesteaded on 40 acres in Missouri, built his own house, and worked as a high school guidance counselor.

He is survived by five children with Karma S. Castleberry, including Hal (Julia) Castleberry of Blacksburg, Barton (Laurie) Castleberry of Radford, Kate (Bruce) Buskill of Radford, Carol (Tim) Castleberry/Marshall of East Lansing, Michigan, and Jessica (Christopher) Nicholson of Christiansburg. He was the proud grandfather to 13 grandchildren with two more arriving early next year. He always maintained that the most challenging job in the world was to be a parent. He is also survived by siblings Donna M. Lienke of Columbus, Wis., Kennith H. Castleberry of Columbus, Wis., L. Leslie Castleberry of Deforest, Wis., and Lorraine B. Buttram of Neosho, Mo.

He loved music, dancing, healthy food, organic farming, storytelling, Virginia Tech football, teaching, and advising on health issues, primarily through his chiropractic office he maintained in Radford from 1979-2015. His alternative style of chiropractic work transformed the lives of hundreds of people from all over the East Coast. These devoted patients often called him “Dr. C” and will also miss him greatly.

A reception in his honor will be held on Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 4 to 6 p.m. at his former office, 1028 Grove Avenue, Radford. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Radford High School Choirs or Band (50 Dalton Drive Radford, VA 24141).