AUGUST (AUGIE) KASTENDIECK
August Gustav Kastendieck of Richmond, Virginia, formerly of Fort Dodge, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 70 years, Loretta (Gross) Kastendieck and his seven siblings Henry, Carl, Albert, Ernest, Flora Svetly, Verna Targgart, and Anna Severson. He is survived by his son Steven of Maple Grove, MN and grandsons Adam and Ryan Kastendieck; and his son Randall and daughter-in-law Elaine Kastendieck of Midlothian, VA and granddaughters Katrina and Taylor Kastendieck. August was born at Callender, IA on November 20, 1921 to John and Martha (Groenow) Kastendieck. He graduated from Moorland High School in 1939. He was married to Loretta at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge in January 1943. He entered the U.S. Army in January 1943 and served in the Headquarters Company of the Military Railway Service in North Africa, the U.S. Fifth Army in Italy under Gen. Mark Clark, the U.S. Seventh Army in France under Gen. Eisenhower, and was moved to Ft. Lewis, WA to prepare for the invasion of Japan prior to his honorable discharge in November 1945. His military service was the adventure of his lifetime and he looked upon it with pride until the end of his life. He was employed nearly 40 years with Horn Manufacturing/Avco New Idea farm equipment, retiring in 1983. He enjoyed golfing, boating, fishing, traveling, and hunting and he and his family enjoyed many years at their cabin on Twin Lakes. In retirement he and Loretta wintered for nearly 15 years in Arizona, Florida, and Georgia. He was a long-time member of the American Legion and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge. Memorials may be sent to St. Paul Lutheran. Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date.