Edward Eugene Kasten
Edward Eugene Kasten
  • July 2, 1930 - January 22, 2018
  • Illinois

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Dateline: Belleville
Edward Eugene "Gene" Kasten, 87, passed away at 8:46 pm, Monday January 22, 2018 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.
He was born on July 2, 1930, the son of the late Edward and Olga (Sperling) Kasten in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Gene married Joan Pagels on August 8, 1954 and they were happily married for 63 years.
He was an active member at Zion Lutheran Church in Belleville, being a teacher and principal and serving as past president and treasurer. He spent his life teaching children beginning his career at St. John's Lutheran in Adrian, Michigan. He was called to Zion Lutheran in Belleville in 1964. He completed his teaching career at District 118 following nineteen years of service. During his career he served on numerous educational committees in District 118. He also enjoyed coaching sports both at school and in the community. After retirement, Gene and Joan spent their time in DeSoto, Missouri enjoying their log cabin.
In addition to his wife, Joan, he is survived by three sons Dr. Thomas (Michele) Kasten of O'Fallon, Richard (Christina) Kasten of Belleville, and Steve (Denise) Kasten of Eureka; two daughters Judy (Chuck) Witt of Valparaiso, IN and Susan Kasten of Belleville; six grandchildren Ali (Dominick) Swanson, Elizabeth (fianc Kyle), Aaron, Jared, Seth, and Montana Kasten; two great grandchildren Connor and Grace Swanson; brother Jerry (Ruth) Kasten; and sister Ann Hickam.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Evelyn Blair.
Visitation will be held from 4 pm to 8 pm Friday January 26, 2018 at Valhalla-Gaerdner-Holten Funeral Home in Belleville.
Funeral service will be held at 10 am on Saturday January 27, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church in Belleville.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to Zion Lutheran Church or School.