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John M. Kistler 1919 - 2013

John M. Kistler

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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

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