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Richard E. Kasten
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Richard E. Kasten

August 21, 2020

Richard E. Kasten, 75, currently of Menomonie, formerly of Altoona, passed away Friday, August 21, 2020 at Our House – Menomonie, under the care of St. Croix Hospice.

Richard was born June 30, 1945 in Watertown, WI to Emil and Marjorie Kasten. He graduated from North High School in Eau Claire.  He married Mary Ellen Connolly on March 27, 1971 at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Chippewa Falls. Mary Ellen survives.

He is further survived by his children, Rich (Kim Prosceky) of Chippewa Falls, Robert of Eau Claire, Sarah of Altoona; Grandchildren, Logan, Chelsea, Noah, Dominic and Nicole and extended family.

Richard served in the US Army as a mail carrier. Following his military enlistment, he returned to the Chippewa Valley and worked for Sacred Heart Hospital in the Building Service Department. He spent his entire working career with the hospital and retired after 40 years in 2009. Richard loved his job and enjoyed every day of work. He especially enjoyed having conversations with anyone and everyone, earning the nickname “Mouth.” 

Richard enjoyed fishing, camping, was an avid fan of all Wisconsin sports teams and chatting over a cold beer.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 4-7 PM, Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Drive (behind Charter Spectrum.) For those attending, feel free to wear your favorite sports team apparel in memory of Richard. Cremation rites will be accorded following the service.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolence can be left at www.chippewavalleycremation.com

Service

A Celebration of Life will be held from 4-7 PM, Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Drive (behind Charter Spectrum.)For those attending, feel free to wear your favorite sports team apparel in memory of Richard.

Florist Information

Brent Douglas Floral, 715-831-0997, all floral arrangements should be delivered to the Celebration of Life Center by Wed. August 26 at 2:00 PM.

Condolences

  • Wayne and Ceil Sime Mary Ellen and family--We worked for years at Sacred Heart and fondly remember Richard well . He was always pleasant and helpful. Take solace in all the good memories you have of him. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Wayne and Ceil

    September 3 at 10:15pm

  • mary pabich Mary Ellen and family, sorry to hear of your loss. May happy memories bring healing to ll of you. Love and prayers
    Mary Lou and Patrick Pabich

    August 27 at 10:22am

  • Rosie Reid Mary Ellen I am so sorry to hear about Richard. Sending prayers and hugs. Take care

    August 26 at 3:30pm

  • Mary Pengra I had the pleasure of working with Richard for many years at Sacred Heart Hospital. He always knew where items were stored, went out of his way to be helpful, was kind and was a hard worker. He truly loved his job and the people he worked with as well as the visitors and volunteers. When Richard retired, I teased him about coming back to volunteer for me because he would miss us so much. Rest well kind sir!

    August 24 at 4:43PM

  • Deb & Denny Fjelstad Rich & Kim and Family.
    So sorry for the loss of your dad, he was lucky to have you in his life. He sounds like a nice man who loved people. Our sincere sympathy and hoping his memories always bring a smile to your faces.

    August 24 at 1:40PM

  • Barb Barrickman Dear Mary Ellen and family. I worked at SHH for many years and always enjoyed my conversations with Dick whether in the hallway, elevator or wherever we met. You were both good assets to SHH, Mary Ellen. Thanks for sharing him with us all.

    August 24 at 9:07AM

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