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Kastenschmidt, Rev. David E.

Rev. David E. Kastenschmidt, age 70 of Kingston, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 7, 2013, at his home.

Rev. Kastenschmidt was born on October 14, 1942, in La Crosse, WI, to Elmer and Evelyn (nee Mundstock) Kastenschmidt. He went to First Lutheran Grade School in La Crosse, Luther Prep High School and Northwestern College, both in Watertown and graduated from the Seminary at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Mequon. On August 12, 1967, he was united in marriage to Betty Riebe in Richwood, WI. Rev. Kastenschmidt accepted his first call to the joint parish of Mount Olive and Bethany Lutheran Churches in Graceville, MN. In 1971, he and his family moved to Kingston, where he served as the Pastor at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church and also St. John's Ev.Lutheran Church in Salemville, until his retirement in 2006. He enjoyed camping with his family, reading, playing cards with his children, bowling, traveling, golfing, and being with his beloved dog, Pretzel. Rev. Kastenschmidt cherished all of the time he spent with his family and enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in their sporting events. He had a strong passion and true love for Christ and his congregations.

Rev. Kastenschmidt is survived by his wife, Betty of Kingston; children, Ruth (David) Schwandt of Markesan; Karl (Nancy) Kastenschmidt of Pardeeville; and Edie (fiance, Shane Martwick) Kastenschmidt of Wauwautosa; grandchildren, Nina, Evan and Christian Schwandt, James Ford, Jessica Kastenschmidt, Braydon and Elicia Schoeffling. He is further survived by his brother, Walt (Jerri) Kastenschmidt of Georgia; his mother-in-law, Ruth May of Watertown; two brothers-in-law, Ken (Darlene) May of Lowell; and Wayne (Joann) May of Watertown; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and other relatives.

A Funeral Service for Rev. Kastenschmidt will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, 316 Vine St. in Kingston with Revs. Edward Frey and Rodney Dietsche officiating. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 181 S. Main St., Markesan and also on Thursday prior to the service at church, beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will follow the service at Salemville Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Manchester.

Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 181 S. Main Street in Markesan, 920-398-3998, is honored to be serving the family. You may send private online condolences or sign the family's guest book at

Published in Fond du Lac Reporter on Jan. 9, 2013
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