Curtis D. Kistenmacher, age 85, of Holstein, passed away on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at the Good Samaritan Society of Holstein. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Holstein with the Pastor Bob Lewis officiating. Burial will be held at the Holstein Cemetery of Holstein. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Holstein. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Holstein or Horn Memorial Hospice.
Curtis was born January 20, 1936 in the family farm home west of Holstein to Carl and Irene (Gebers) Kistenmacher. He attended school in Holstein and graduated from high school with the class of 1954. He then started farming with his father, Carl, and grandfather, Louie Gebers.
Curtis married Darlene Reitz of Battle Creek , IA, on March 16, 1958. They were blessed with three children, Nancy, Karen, and James. They made their home in the Holstein area, moving to the family farm in 1972. A proud moment for Curtis was receiving Century Farm status in 2004. Curtis loved his life as a farmer, was a good steward of the land, and raised many hogs in their farrow to finish operation. He enjoyed taking family trips and making memories with family. He also enjoyed a good game of cards with cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.
Curtis enjoyed going for a tractor ride around the farm, especially on his 1950 John Deere A tractor. After his retirement from farming in 2010, you would still see him helping Jim get land ready for planting and running the combine at harvest time. Over the years he developed a keen interest in the Minnesota Twins, watching many games from home and making a few trips to the stadium in Minneapolis.
He was a proud dad and grandpa, attending numerous activities in support of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Curtis was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Holstein, where he was a life-long member.
Curtis was preceded in death by his parents, Carl & Irene; parents in law, Frank and Alvina Reitz; aunts, uncles, brothers in law and sisters in law, and numerous cousins.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene of Holstein; daughters Nancy (Ken) Hettinger of LeMars, IA, Karen (Doug) Wessling of Holstein, IA son Jim (Kris) Kistenmacher of Holstein, IA. Grandchildren Ashley (Brent) Den Ouden of Maurice, IA; Shannon (Seth) Jensen of LeMars, IA; Nathan Hettinger of Hattiesburg, MS; Kirstin (Josh) Schreiner of LeMars, IA; Kyle Wessling of Holstein, IA; Kalli (Tyson) Lund of Iowa City, IA; Jonah (Allison) Kistenmacher of Holstein, IA; and Anya Kistenmacher of Holstein, IA. Great-grandchildren Addison, Braelynn, Kylee and Brynlee Den Ouden, Nora Schreiner, and Esther Kistenmacher. Brother-in-law Mike (Marlene) Reitz of Ida Grove, IA, and sister-in-law Lanette Reitz of Correctionville, IA.
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