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William Kastens 1930 ~ 2018
William “Bill” Kastens, 87, Topeka, Kansas, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018.
Bill was born October 5, 1930, in Anthony, Kansas, the son of Hermie and Lissie Davis Kastens. After attending Kansas State University for two years, he served in the United States Navy from 1950 to 1954. Bill married Monica Schulte on November 20, 1954, at St. Vincent DePaul Church in San Francisco, California; she preceded him in death in 2013. After their wedding, he completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Agronomy at KSU. Bill’s first job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Topeka in 1957 became a life-long career; moving him to Columbus, Ohio, Woodbridge, Virginia, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and back to Topeka in 1970. He retired January 1987, from the Topeka USDA Office as a Statistician. Bill was a member of the Optimist Club, Christ the King Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and the USS Piedmont Reunion Organization. He was a devoted supporter of Christ the King Church and Grade School and Hayden High School.
Bill is survived by his children, Donald Kastens (Gayle), Marilyn Kastens (Ken), Will Kastens, David Kastens (Mary Ann), LeeAnn Kastens and Ruth Kastens; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Kastens. He was preceded in death by a grandchild; brother, Dean Kastens; and sister, Doris Kastens.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Christ the King Catholic church. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Marian Dental Clinic and Christ the King Church, sent in care of Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Road, Topeka KS 66614.
Condolences may be sent online to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com.