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Obituary: Carstens, Donald W.

Age 87

(Age 87)

Passed away peacefully Monday October 22, 2012 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane surrounded by family. He was born August 2, 1925 in Davenport, Iowa to John and Gladys Carstens. Don is survived by his wife of 65 years, Alice Carstens, daughter Dixie (Randy) Shukle, son Steve Carstens, daughter Susan (Lanny) Hughes, son Jack (Joanne) Carstens, nine grandchildren, and eighteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister Hazel Freshman and a brother Bud Carstens. Don was a proud WWII veteran and family man. He lived in Pend Oreille County in the Usk, area for over 70 years until moving to Mead, Washington after retiring. Don worked as a logger, farmer and for the county road department. He enjoyed working on his farm and in the woods, hunting, racing his thoroughbred race horses, traveling, camping with family and family gatherings. Don will be missed by everyone that knew and loved him. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 27th at 1:00 PM at the Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 217, PO Box 272 Cusick, WA 99119.
SHERMAN-KNAPP FUNERAL HOME in Newport is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at