Funeral services were held on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. Pastor Jim Steen officiated, and burial was in the Afton Township Cemetery in rural Cherokee.
There was a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the church on the day of the funeral, and visitation was held at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on January 31, with the family present from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Kastengren was born on March 18, 1922 in rural Cherokee, to Joseph C. & Hulda (Petterson) Kastengren. He attended Aurelia Schools, graduating in 1941.
He was a veteran of WW II serving in the U.S. Navy. He was married to Isabel Zwick on Jan. 18, 1944 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. He had worked on various farms in his youth, also worked with Lorenz Koth as an electrician; farmed in rural Cherokee, Larrabee and Aurelia area for many years.
He had also worked as a salesman for Schmidt Furniture and Munson Furniture. He retired in 1980, but he still continued to work a few part-time jobs. After moving to Cherokee in 1983 he helped his brother Leonard on the farm, worked at Bomgaars and also helped out at Cropmate during the spraying season; prior to moving to Cherokee, he had lived on a farm near Aurelia for 30 years.
He was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church and belonged to Neighborhood card clubs near Cherokee and Larrabee. He enjoyed woodworking.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother in infancy, a brother Leonard, two brothers-in-law Raymond Zwick and Freeman Bruning.
He is survived by his wife Isabel; four children: Janice Johnson and her husband Jim of Des Moines; Jerald Kastengren and his wife Nancy of Dublin, Ohio; JoAnne Hirschman and her husband Jeff of Alta; and Jean Correll and her husband Dennis of Medford, Minn.; six grandchildren, one great grandchild; two brothers and three sisters: Nels Kastengren and his wife Margaret of Sutherland; Frances Bruning of Quimby; John Kastengren of Aurelia; Marian Tate and her husband Brad of Bayard; Shirley Bengtsson and her husband Olle of Longmont, Colo.; two sisters-in-law: Joyce Kastengren of Aurelia, and Betty Zwick of Aurelia; and several nieces and nephews.