THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Harry W. Kasten
Issue Date: May 24, 2018
Harry Walter Kasten, 90, a longtime resident of Cecil, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at home with family by his side.
Born Aug. 13, 1927 in Gillett, to Harris and Evelyn Brown Kasten, after his mother's passing shortly after his birth, he 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 in 1950 and they had four sons.
In 1978, he married Nancy Strassburg Rogge of Gillett and enjoyed an adventurous, loving 40 year marriage. He worked in trucking and sales, 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 and ended at Country Gardens Canning Company in Gillett.
An avid hunter and fisherman, he roamed the corn fields of Oconto County, Florence and Forest counties for over 50 years and was a Green Bay Packer fan.
He was involved in his community, including Gillett Sportsmans Club, Gillett City Choir, Gillett Parent Teacher's Association and was Scout Master for Gillett's Troop 35 and Boy Scouts of America. Five young men achieved Eagle Scout while he was their leader.
He also served as chair of the City of Gillett Board of Public Works, was Mayor of Gillett for five terms, was elected to Oconto County Board of Supervisors, served as Under-Sheriff for Oconto County for many years and was president of the Oconto County Deputy Sheriff's Association for five years.
After retirement, they wintered to Wagon City North Park in Mission, Tx. for 29 years. While in Texas, he became involved in his park community, serving as activity director, vice president and then president of their subdivision governing body.
A lifelong member of the former Immanual Lutheran Church, Town of Gillett, and a current member of the Faith United Lutheran Church of Gillett, he loved singing in the choir.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; three sons, Ronald (Chris) of Eagle River, Ak., Dean (Judy) and children and grandchildren of Verona and Bruce of Dodgeville; three sisters, Velma Yancy of Kiel, Leola Schneider of Gillett and Lynn (John) Seiltz of Greenleaf; a brother, George (Carol) Kasten of Columbus, Ks.; a sister-in-law, Marge Kasten of Gillett; and many cousins; nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his oldest son, Norman; two brothers, Ernest and David; two brothers-in-law, Bud Yancy and Kenneth Schneider and a sister-in-law, Kathy Kasten.
Visitation was held on Saturday, May 19 at Faith United Lutheran Church from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral service at noon with Pastor John Laatsch officiating. Contributions to Faith United Lutheran Church building fund in his name are appreciated. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home of Suring assisted the family with arrangements.