Kenneth “Kap” Howard Kastner, 91, formerly of Lamberton, Minn., passed away Jan. 26th, 2016, in Rochester, at St. Marys Hospital.
Kap was born July 5, 1924, in Lamberton, Minn. He was the son of Otto and Anne (Steinke) Kastner. He was baptized as an infant July 27, 1924, by Rev. Langholz and was confirmed June 26, 1938, at Zion Lutheran Church. Kap attended and graduated from Lamberton High School in 1942 and went two years to Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
On May 16, 1948, he was united in marriage to Donna Senst at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Waterbury Township. His marriage was blessed with four children.
Kap was drafted in the U.S. Army during WWII. He served in the South Pacific for 2 1/2 years. After returning to civilian life he attended college one more year. Kap then accepted a job as a clerk in the local Post Office. He was a clerk for 13 years when he transferred to become a rural carrier, serving that position for 20 years. The last seven years, he worked out of the Lakefield Post Office.
After retiring, Kap managed the Farmer’s Golf and Health Club in Sanborn for four years. Kap was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran and now Our Savior’s Lutheran. He directed the choir for 27 years and served on the church council. Kap was a member of the American Legion, Andrew Peterson Post #41 for 68 years. Kap enjoyed sports, especially playing golf and watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. He also enjoyed shuffle board, coin and stamp collecting and was a casino enthusiast. He loved his wife's flower gardens and always said, “It's a little bit of heaven.” After 78 years of living in Lamberton, he and his wife moved to Rochester to be closer to their daughter Beth and son Bruce.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Donna; his children; Bruce (Karen) Kastner and Beth (Jim) Montonye, his grandchildren; Jenny, Ryan, Justen (Katie), Chelsea (Josh), Jordan and Jenna and great grandson, Bryten. Kap was proceeded in death by baby James and son, Brian Kastner.
Kap was a man with a kind heart who was loved by many and will be deeply missed. “Oceans of love and a kiss on every wave.”