Donald H. ‘Shorty’ Kastner

Nov. 17, 1924 – March 9, 2011

Donald H. "Shorty" Kastner passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at the age of 86. He was born on Nov. 17, 1924, in Tigerton, the son of Ernest and Mary (nee Walsh) Kastner.

Don married Ruth Punzel on April 26, 1949, in Kansas City, Kan. Don was a World War II Navy veteran and a member of the VFW.

He was an independent truck driver for many years.

Donald is survived by his daughters, Susan Stocks, Sherri (Robert) Krantz and Janet (James Denk) Blankenheim. He is also survived by his grandchildren, John (Jenna) Stocks, Bill Stocks, Joe Stocks, Kristin Krantz and Tyler Blankenheim; great-grandchildren, Gradin and Charlie Nicole Stocks; a brother, Robert Kastner; sister, Mary (Leonard) Opper; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; his parents; and brothers and sisters.

A memorial gathering will be held from 4 p.m. until the 6 p.m. funeral service Friday, March 18, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Donald’s memory may be made to Freedom Honor Flight, P.O. Box 505, La Crosse, WI 54602-0505. Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 549-0659 or visit to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.