Longtime Soldotna resident Kurt Raymond Karsten died unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, at his home. He was 54.
Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
Mr. Karsten was born June 12, 1948, in Anchorage to Emmett L. and Betty Karsten. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to the Soldotna, where Karsten spent all his life, except for the time he served in the Navy serving two tours in Vietnam. After he was honorably discharged, he returned to Soldotna, where he met and married Becka Lynn on Oct. 23, 1970.
He worked at various jobs in the community, such as selling insurance, selling cars at Hutchings Chevrolet and, most recently, in the oil industry at the Swanson River facilities for more than 20 years.
Mr. Karsten enjoyed playing softball and bowling with his wife and friends. He loved to cook and entertain his friends and relatives.
"Through all life's ups and downs, his wife was his strength, his reason for being and always the love of his life. With her, he raised a beautiful daughter and three strapping sons -- who he dearly loved and was proud of. As his family grew, he loved his extended family very much and really cherished his grandkids. He will really be missed and will be in our hearts and prayers forever," his family said.
Mr. Karsten was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Kristi LaDawn Karsten.
He is survived by his wife, Becky Karsten; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Brian Beebe; son and daughter-in-law, Cory and Katie Karsten; sons, Chad and Kyle Karsten; grandchildren, Baileigh, Oakley, Gunner and Gage; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Jack McGahan; and brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Kathy Karsten.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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