Memorial services for John Kastengren, 80, of Aurelia, will be 1p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2009, at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia with Pastor Jim Steen of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee officiating. Inurnment will be in the Good Hope Cemetery, rural Cherokee, at a later date. There will be no visitation. The Redig Funeral Home of Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.
John Kenneth Kastengren was born on Oct. 12, 1928, the son of Joseph C. and Hulda Marie (Peterson) Kastengren at Aurelia. He graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1948. John worked for Lundell's in Cherokee, Wharton's in Aurelia, and for the First Coop Elevator in Aurelia. John enjoyed music, fishing, visiting his sister in Colorado, spending time with his nieces and nephews, and helping others. He took care of his father for more than 20 years.
John died Thursday, May 21, 2009, at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Preceding John in death were his parents, three brothers, Donald, Leonard, and Joe Jr., one sister-in-law, Margaret Kastengren, two brothers-in-law, Olle Bengtsson and Freeman Bruning, and one niece, Dawn Bengtsson.
Survivors include one brother, Nels Kastengren of Sutherland, three sisters, Francis Bruning of Quimby, Marion and her husband Bradley Tate of Bayard, and Shirley Bengtsson of Longmont, Colo., two sisters-in-law, Isabel Kastengren of Cherokee, and Joyce Kastergren of Aurelia, many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.