Carl Joseph Kestel, 93, of Remsen, died Monday, June 6, 2011, at his home in Remsen.
Carl was born April 29, 1918, the son of Frank and Theresa (Niehus) Kestel. He was raised and educated in the Remsen area, graduating in 1936 from St. Mary's Catholic High School in Remsen.
On Sept. 8, 1941, he married Mildred Tentinger at Remsen. The couple made their home north of Remsen where they farmed for over 40 years. They moved into Remsen in 1985. Mildred died Jan. 25, 1988.
Carl was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus.
Carl enjoyed his yearly fishing trip to Minnesota, family celebrations and the many friends who visited him at his home in Remsen.
Survivors include one son, Ty Kestel and his wife, Carol of Omaha, Neb.; four daughters, Pam Phillips and her husband, Rick of Omaha, Neb., Laurie Moore and her husband, Tom of Ames, Lisa Antley and her husband, Mills of Morganton, N.C., and Kristin Wetzeler and her husband, Bill of Spirit Lake; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harold Kestel and his wife, Val of Storm Lake and Francis "Bud" Kestel and his wife, Bonnie of New Hampton; three sisters, Mary Ann Flynn of North Carolina, Cleo Lord and her husband, Charles of Des Moines, and Lorna Pick of Omaha.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother Gil Kestel and one sister Ethel Wesselmann.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. William McCarthy officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery in Remsen. Friends may call anytime after 4 p.m. Wednesday. There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 6:30 p.m., all at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.
Casketbearers will be Ty Kestel, Rick Phillips, Tom Moore, Mills Antley, Bill Wetzeler and Mark Phillips.
Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen. Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.