Robert C. Kastens, 88 and Charlene Kastens, 79
Robert Carl Kastens, age 88, passed away on Saturday, June 7, and Charlene Mae Kastens, age 79, passed away on Saturday, May 24. The couple from Deer Park, Wis., both passed away at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Memorial Day weekend.
Robert was born on Feb. 26, 1926, in Alden Township, Wis., to Carl and Elvera (Rudd) Kastens. He grew up in the Alden and Roberts areas, where his family farmed. After school, he was drafted in to the Army and served during World War II. After being honorably discharged, he returned home and drove milk truck. While having his truck serviced, he met Charlene Isaacson, whose parents owned Isaacson Brothers Service Station in Deer Park, Wis.
Charlene was born on Jan. 8, 1935, in Amery, Wis., to Harry E. and Gladys M. (Peterson) Isaacson. She grew up in Deer Park and graduated from New Richmond High School.
Robert and Charlene were united in marriage on Feb. 6, 1954, in Deer Park. They made their home in Deer Park and raised three sons. Bob owned his own truck and worked as an over the road trucker while Charlene worked as a legal secretary for several law firms, working the longest for Dan Byrnes in Amery.
They were both active members in their community and together they belonged to the Willow River Eastern Star #37.
Robert was a member of the Royal Arch Masons, Amery Chapter #112, the North Star Lodge, #187 F. & A.M., and the St. Croix Valley Shriners Club. He was also a member of the Deer Park Lions Club, the New Richmond American Legion Post 80, and the American Legion Riders Association, Post 80 district 10.
Robert enjoyed his card and coffee group at the Legion and enjoyed reading westerns and golfing.
Charlene was a member of the Butler - Harmon Post 80 American Legion Auxiliary, the Willow River Eastern Star and the St. Croix Valley Shrine Auxiliary. She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles.
Together Bob and Charlene liked to play cribbage, ride motorcycle, dance and go to coffee together.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Elvera; an infant brother, William; and brother-in-law, Richard Sampson.
Charlene was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Gladys Isaacson.
Together they are survived by their sons, Michael (Susan), Terry (Mary) and William (Franscene); grandchildren, Joseph Kastens, Alison Kastens, Stephanie Cook, Anthony Kastens, Alexis Aiple, Anna Kastens, Emily Aiple, Benjamin Kastens; and great-grandchild, Brian Kastens.
Robert is also survived by his sister, Vera Sampson and
Charlene is also survived by her sister, Muriel (Norman) Youness.
They will be greatly missed as well by many other loving family members and friends.
Funeral services will be held for Robert and Charlene at 12 noon on Friday, June 13, at the New Richmond United Methodist Church, 209 E. 2nd Street, New Richmond, Wis. A visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, at the Williamson-White Funeral Home in Amery, 222 Harriman Ave. N., as well as the hour prior to the service at the church. There will also be an Eastern Star and Masonic Service at 8 p.m. on Thursday evening at the funeral home.
A private family burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Deer Park on Monday, June 16.
Pallbearers will be Robert and Charlene's grandchildren.
To sign an online guest book and view a video tribute, visit www.williamsonwhite.com.
Arrangements were made with the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery.