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MESSAGE: (#356418) CASTEN, Leonard Wilhelm --- 1895-1993
AUTHOR: IA GenWeb Volun
DATE: 9/29/2011 at 13:53:05
Leonard Wilhelm Casten
Leonard Wilhelm Casten, son of John and Mary Magdalena (Knodt) Casten, was
born Nov. 9, 1895 in Clayton County, Iowa. He died Sunday, July 11, 1993 in
the Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital at Decorah, Iowa. He was 97.
He was baptized March 12, 1897 by the Rev. F. H. Schumann and confirmed April
4, 1909 by the Rev. R. Kuehne, both at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville.
He attended country school in Grand Meadow Township in rural Postville.
On Jan. 11, 1921 he was married to Anna Carolina Schara in the Zion Lutheran
Church at Castalia. They had one daughter.
After their marriage, the Leonard Castens lived and worked about two and a
half years on the Casten home farm south of Postville. They then moved to
Postville where Leonard and his brother, John O. (Jack) Casten, opened a
service station and bulk oil business with the then Standard Oil Company of
Indiana. Leonard worked both for and with the Standard Oil Company for over
thirty-give years, serving the people of Postville and the surrounding
community with petroleum products. He retired late in 1957. He and his wife
enjoyed over 25 winters in Mesa, Ariz., where they met and established many
Leonard is preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, Karl, Walter,
Victor, Lorenz and John O. (Jack); and a sister, Theresia (Mrs. August Baltz).
Survivors include his wife, Anna, of Postville; one daughter, Marian and her
husband, Paul Schutte of Postville; four grandsons, two granddaughters, and
nine great grandchildren.
Leonard was a lifetime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville. He
served on the Church council and served either in the capacity of a councilman
or building committee member for the remodeling of the church in 1940, the
building of a new parsonage in 1953, and the building of the educational unit
in 1962. Leonard was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Order of Eastern
Star and the Postville Volunteer Fire Department. He served on the Board of
the Postville Schools (many years as president), the Board of the Community
Memorial Hospital, the Board of the Big-4 Fair, and served as clerk for both
Postville and Post Township elections.
Leonard loved people, fishing, playing cards and gardening, and he especially
loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services for Leonard Casten were held Wednesday, July 14, 1993 in St.
Paul Lutheran Church at Postville. The Rev. Charles W. Miller officiated. The
Schutte Funeral Service of Postville was in charge of arrangements. Burial was
in the Postville Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Stephen L., Peter K., Kim P. and Christopher L.Schutte,
Stephen P. Brackett and Jeffrey S. White.
Postville, Iowa newspaper of the time clipping, from Dorothy Schave's obituary