Arthur ĎArtí Edward Kasten

Oct. 19, 1924 - Dec. 22, 2008

Arthur "Art" Edward Kasten of Florence, Ore., 84, died of natural causes Monday, Dec. 22, 2008.

He was born in Madison on Oct. 19, 1924, to Emery and Julia (nee Faragher) Kasten. He was an only child. He graduated from Edgewood High School in Madison in 1942. He joined the U.S. Navy at the start of World War II and proudly served aboard the USS Marsh (DE699) until his discharge in 1946.

He and Faustena "Fay" Florentina Migawa married May 27, 1947, in Fairchild, Fayís hometown. They had five children, four boys and a girl, while residing in Madison. He went to work for the state of Wisconsin in 1960 as a cook at the Wales School for Boys and they moved to Waukesha along with their five children. In the early 1970s, he took a job as a parole officer for the state of Wisconsin and later became a transportation specialist sergeant until he retired in 1986.

Art and Fay sold their home in Waukesha and traveled throughout the United States and southern Canada fishing wherever the stopped for the next four years. In 1990, they bought a cottage on Siltcoos Lake, just south of Florence, because the weather and fishing were good there. They hoped to have many years together, but two years later Fay died in a tragic accident.

While doing volunteer work, he meet Lucille S. Knudsen, with whom he shared a lot of common life experiences and views. They married July 15, 1995, and he moved to her residence in Florence, where they lived happily.

He was always a devout Catholic, and lived his life accordingly. In the years after Fay died, he anonymously helped many people that were in financial need.

He is survived by his second wife, Lucille, and his five children and their spouses, Richard and Cindy (Rahn) Kasten, David and Reyne (Reeves) Kasten, Steven and Sandy (Galabinske) Kasten, Edward and Susan (Wollin) Kasten and John and Jane (Kasten) Babe. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; Lucilleís son and his spouse, Phillip and Alexis Knudsen, and their two children; and Lucilleís daughter, Katherine Mcintyre.

There will be a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, at Our Lady of the Dunes, officiated by the Rev. David Brown. At Art's request, there will be no reception after the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charitable group that helps families in need or your favorite charity.

Burnsís Riverside Chapel, Florence Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements. For more information, call (541) 997-3416.