Kenneth H. Carstens, age 48, of Sioux City, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at a local hospital surrounded by his loving family following a brief battle from cancer.
Ken was born Nov. 11, 1962 in Denver, Colo., the son of Kenneth W. and Sandra B.(Adams) Carstens. Ken moved to the Sioux City area at an early age with his family.
He graduated from Hinton High School with the class of 1981. Following his graduation, Ken became a member of the United States Air Force where he honorably served his country for six years as a mechanic. Upon his discharge, he had attained the rank of Sergeant.
Ken was united in marriage to Robin Plooster Aug. 13, 1983, in Sioux City. The couple later divorced.
Ken was an independent truck driver for many years before his health forced his retirement.
Ken was a Christian Free Spirit and an an accomplished storyteller who enjoyed spending time with his family, riding his Victory Motorcycle, fishing, camping, and working on vehicle motors.
He was an excellent skillsman who often manufactured his own tools to use in his mechanical work.
Ken will be greatly missed by his family which includes his two daughters, Molly and Mattie of Remsen; his mother, Sandy of Sioux City; his sisters, Sherry Zellmer and her husband, David of Lawton, and Julie DiBendetto and her husband, Steve of Delano, Minn.; and also many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and an endless number of friends.
He was preceded in death by his father Kenneth W. Carstens.
A Celebration of Life Service honoring Ken's life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Community United Methodist Church in Sergeant Bluff, with the Rev. Deborah Stowers officiating. Interment will follow at the Lincoln Township Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Waterbury Funeral Service has been entrusted with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in Ken's name be made to his family for designation at a later date.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.waterburyfuneralservice.com.