ARRC Member Mike Costill Dies at 78

Long time Akron Railroad Club member Michael Jon Costill, 78, died on Tuesday in Akron City Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Akron on Sept. 28, 1943, he was the son of James L and Magdelene (Mitchell) Costill.

He graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1961, briefly attended Kent State University and then began working at BF Goodrich. For most of his career Mr. Costill specialized in software and computer science.

His work took him to Columbus in 1989 where he worked for Nationwide Insurance Company, from which he retired. He also served in the Ohio Army National Guard.

After retirement Mr. Costill moved back to the Akron area in 2013.

He was a member of Sts. Philip and James Catholic Church in Canal Fulton and played softball for Akron Monument & Granite in the Silver League.

Mr. Costill had a lifelong passion for trains and liked to collect all things railroad. He joined the Akron Railroad Club on Feb. 28, 1975.

He spent many hours doing volunteer work at the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum in Sugarcreek doing a range of duties from giving tours to helping with restoration work on the steam locomotives.

Mr. Costill is survived by his wife of 50 years, Darlene (Spinelli); a daughter Mary Beth (Dr. William) Costill-Fullam; a son Michael (Sunny) Costil; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Jane (David) Warner.

Services will be held at a later date with interment planned at Holy Cross Cemetery in Akron.

Memorials made be made to Sts. Philip and James Parish, or the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation in memory of his sister.

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