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John M. Kistler 1919 - 2013
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September 15, 2013
Dr. Kistler is one of my personal heroes. The legacy of the National American Tang Soo Do helped both me and my older brother work toward getting our lives back together when I lived in Jacksonville. He was an inspiration to everybody at the club. Our Sensei would always talk about how smart, enthusiastic, and tough he was. He was like our own living legend, the stories seemed resemble tall tales when hearing of how this man was a veteran in multiple wars, trained while abroad in Korea, had even been stranded on an island rebuilding a plane out of salvaged parts (he told that one himself when he visited that day in the picture). The difference is: these stories were all real. I wish I could say more; I only met him one time, but it made a lasting impression. My condolences and prayers go out to the Kistler family; he was a great man. God Bless all of you.
September 11, 2013
My Condolences on the passing of Dr. Kistler. We will certainly miss him. He was truly an inspiration to so many. His words of encouragement blessed me in more ways than I could realize at the time. I did not get a chance to speak to him before he passed away but I believe that we will see him again, with his beloved wife of many years here on earth, now together for eternity. Thank you Dr. Kistler.
September 11, 2013
A great man and a great educator. As Shakespeare wrote in Julius Caesar, "His life was gentle, and the elements So mix'd in him that Nature might stand up And say to all the world, 'This was a man!' "
September 10, 2013
My condolences to his family. I will always remember him as a friend and mentor for the many years that I knew him. He was truly outstanding.
September 10, 2013
Dear Cheryl, Lance and Family,
We know that you have missed Dr. K. for a long time since he was moved to Florida and that he is missed again because you can't speak with him directly. He was, in our family experience, bigger than life and still is. Our son David was guided by him as well as by Lance and stands as an example of how leadership by example can have a lifelong positive outcome. Each morning when we enter our garage and view one of Dr. K's profile cats, we smile and thank him for the man he still is in our lives. Same goes for the cats in Dr. Walter's office. He is a remarkable man and always will be.
Laura McAvoy, Sol and David Chooljian
September 10, 2013
Dr. K will always be one of the greatest men I have ever been blessed to know.
September 10, 2013
John was such an interesting and fun person to be around. We had many good times gleaning for Food Share and talking and comparing memories. We still use one of his small wooden gadgets that he gave me. I'm very sorry for your loss.
September 09, 2013
September 09, 2013
Janis, this is positively wonderful. Having only met your father a couple of times, he was warm and welcoming. Through you, I feel I know him oh so well. God Bless you all. I'm happy you were with him on his passing and allowed him to be with The Lord and his beautiful wife. Nice obituary.
September 08, 2013
So honored to have met him,he was a very nice and easy person to talk too. I've talked to him just a couple of times. So sorry for your loss! Rose Caldino
September 06, 2013
Lance, Cheryl & family:
We send our most sincere sympathy to you and yours for your loss. May God's Grace be with you during this time of sadness.
September 06, 2013
Dr. K was a very special man and a model for the rest of us. He led an active and full life, one devoted to his family, community and his church. Our family felt blessed just to know him for a little while. He was so full of life and such a positive influence on everyone around him. His was a life well lived in all respects. Dr.K you will be missed!
September 05, 2013
To the Family of Dr. Kistler,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand during this difficult time. Dr. Kistler was one of the GREAT professors at Flagler College. His memory is forever etched in my mind.
God bless you all,
Karen Hohne Sapp
Class of 1974
Flagler College
September 04, 2013
Mentor, friend and teacher since 1973, Dr K has taught me honor and the value of giving. I will miss this rock in my life. My thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family.
September 04, 2013
Debbie and family,
I will always remember the good times our families had when we all lived on the island by the alligator farm. your dad could always make you feel better when you were down and was always so easy to talk too. know I am praying for comfort for you and your family and may god ease the burden of your loss. much love
Dan Crawford
September 04, 2013
A close friend and teacher for forty years,John will always live-on in my heart. Our condolences to his family who so lovingly cared for him in his last days.
September 04, 2013
What a huge loss. Dr. Kistler was a favorite of so many students at Flagler College and always made learing so interesting and fun. Truly a great man.
September 04, 2013
My sincerest condolences. May you find comfort in your memories of your father. Dr. Kistler was a great teacher. He was tough, but, more importantly, he was kind.
September 04, 2013
My condolences to the Kistler Family, Dr. Kistler was one of a kind, his stories, positive energy, and the joy he shared for life will remain in my spirit for eternity.
September 04, 2013
I'm sorry for your loss. Dr. K really was an "Outstanding" individual and I look back fondly at the time I spent in his classes at Flagler.
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