Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Paul Elvin Kasten, age 93, formerly of Bronaugh, Mo., more recently of 620 Highland, Nevada, Mo., died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at the Nevada Regional Medical Center.

He was born Sept. 14, 1917, in Vernon County, Mo., the son of Rudolf Kasten and Amanda Webber Kasten.

He graduated from Nevada High School.

He married Hazel F. Goben on Feb. 7, 1948, in Kansas City, Mo. She preceded him in death on April 4, 2005.

Paul served in the United States Air Force during WWII and the Korean Conflict, being awarded six bronze stars and the good conduct medal.

During WWII he served as a mechanic and crew chief on the P38 in the 8th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, known as the "Eight Ballers". During the Korean Conflict, he was assigned to the B36 Peacemaker.

He was a lifetime member of the V. F. W. Post No. 1165.

He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Nevada, Mo.

Survivors include seven nephews and four nieces.

He was preceded in death by his wife Hazel; three sisters, Marguerite Johnson, Katherine Garton, and Marie Barringer, as well as his parents.

Rev. Chuck Russell conducted funeral services for Paul Kasten at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, in the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial followed in the U. S. National Cemetery, Fort Scott.

Military Honors were provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 V.F.W.

Memorials are suggested to the V. F. W. Post No. 1165 and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701.

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