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Ralph L. Kastl, age 82, Blue Mound, Kan., passed away Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, at his home, doing what he loved, working in his yard. He was born on May 6, 1934, at Xenia, Kan., the son of Gus and Gertrude Flye Kastl. He graduated from Blue Mound High School in the Class of 1952. He married Carlene Horton on July 31, 1955, at the Blue Mound Federated Church.

He worked at numerous jobs in his career. He drove a school bus, worked as a mechanic, drove a truck and then owned and operated Ralph’s Service along with his wife Carlene. Ralph was a very active member of the Blue Mound community. He was a member of the Federated Church, served on the volunteer fire department and was fire chief for several years, was a member of the city council and mayor of Blue Mound, helped organize the Blue Mound July 4th celebration, and was a member of the Blue Mound Township Board, Masonic Lodge and Mirza Temple.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Don and Orien Kastl; a sister, Olive Bailes; and an infant sister.

He is survived by his wife Carlene; two sons, Randy Kastl and wife Joyce, and Tony Kastl and wife Kim; one daughter, Tammy Harvey, and husband Marty; two sisters, Bonnie Johnson and Virginia Lanier; six grandchildren, Blake, Jacob, Laura, Marissa, Jayla and Shelley; seven great-grandchildren, McKynley, Truman, Parker, Jamari, Jayce, Presley and Cora; and two on the way.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, at the Blue Mound Federated Church. Burial was in Sunny Slope Cemetery. 


The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association or charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be left at Arrangements: Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel.


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