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Harry Kasten

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Harry Kasten

Cecil - Harry Walter Kasten, age 90, a long time resident of Cecil, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on May 15, 2018. Harry was born in Gillett, Wisconsin on August 13, 1927 to Harris and Evelyn Brown Kasten. After his mother's passing shortly after his birth, Harry was raised for his first six years by his aunt, Nora Kasten Larsen and her husband Warner, of Gillett before returning home to work the family farm in the Town of Gillett. He graduated from Gillett High School in 1946 and married Ora Fuller of Oconto Falls, Wisconsin in 1950, having four sons. In 1978, he married Nancy Strassburg Rogge of Gillett, and enjoyed an adventurous, loving 40 year marriage.

Harry was employed in trucking and sales throughout his working life, starting as a driver for the old Oconto Brewery and then as an OTR driver, delivering military aircraft wing panels from a production plant in Upper Michigan to California. For many years he owned Kasten Oil Company of Gillett, a Mobil Oil distributorship, and later leased trucks to lumber mills in Suring and Long Lake, Wisconsin and to the then Country Gardens canning company of Gillett.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, roaming the corn fields of Oconto County and the forests of Florence and Forest counties for over 50 years. Harry was also an enthusiastic backer of the World Champion Green Bay Packers. He was deeply involved in his community, including the Gillett Sportsmans Club, the Gillett City Choir, and the Gillett Parent Teacher's Association. For 11 years he was Scout Master for Gillett's Troop 35, Boy Scouts of America. Five young men achieved Eagle Scout while he was their leader. Harry also served as chair of the City of Gillett Board of Public Works and Mayor of the City of Gillett for five terms. He was elected to the Oconto County Board of Supervisors and for many years served as Under-Sheriff for Oconto County. For five years he was president of the Oconto County Deputy Sheriff's Association.

Following his retirement, Harry and Nancy began journeying south to Wagon City North Park in Mission, Texas during the cold Wisconsin winters, and for 29 years enjoyed warm Texas winters and warm Wisconsin summers. While in Texas each winter he again became involved in his park community, serving as activity director, vice president, and then president of their subdivision governing body.

Harry is survived by his loving wife Nancy; their beloved dog Calli; three sons, Ronald (Chris) of Eagle River, Alaska, Dean (Judy) and children and grandchildren of Verona, Wisconsin and Bruce of Dodgeville, Wisconsin; sisters, Velma Yancy of Kiel, Wisconsin, Leola Schneider of Gillett, and Lynn (John) Seiltz of Greenleaf, Wisconsin; brother George (Carol) Kasten of Columbus, Kansas; sister-in-law, Marge Kasten of Gillett; and a host of cousins, and generations of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his oldest son, Norman; brothers, Ernest and David; brothers-in-law, Bud Yancy and Kenneth Schneider; sister-in-law, Kathy Kasten.

Harry's family wishes to thank the many family and friends who came to sit, talk, and keep them company, as well as the staff at Theda Home Care Hospice for keeping him at home. We would also like to thank Gruetzmacher Funeral Home of Suring for their care and compassion.

Harry was a life long member of the former Immanual Lutheran Church, Town of Gillett, and a current member of the Faith United Lutheran Church of Gillett, where he loved singing in the choir. Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Faith United Lutheran Church from 9:00 am until the funeral service at 12:00 pm with Pastor John Laatsch officiating. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Faith United Lutheran Church building fund in Harry's name are requested.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on May 17, 2018
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