April 21, 1954 – September 2, 2014
Michael Kastantin, age 60, peacefully passed away at home in the afternoon of September 2, 2014. Mike loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and gives Him full credit for his strength and positive outlook during his bouts with cancer. A Celebration of Life service will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 5, 2014, at Valley E-Free Church in West Des Moines.
Mike was born April 21, 1954, to Brony and Virginia Kastantin in Ottumwa, Iowa. He graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1972 and went on to Indian Hills Community College to play football. After receiving his AA degree, Mike followed in his father’s footsteps by serving in the United States Navy from June 1974 until June 1978. Mike was very proud of his service to his country and felt it was an honor for anyone to serve his country whether in war time or in peace.
Mike returned to Iowa when his Navy commitment was completed and started attending Drake University – majoring in criminal justice. While working at Des Moines Golf & Country Club, he met Debra Barge of Adel. One of Mike’s most cherished moments was the day he married Debra – his soul mate and best friends for 34 years.
Mike was fortunate to obtain an internship to work at Fort Des Moines Correctional Facility. In short order, he was hired part-time and then promoted to full-time for the 5th Judicial District, Department of Correctional Services. Mike rose through the ranks and retired in March of 2012. He was extremely pleased to be able to begin a “second” career as the assistant to the Dallas Center-Grimes Activities Director in the fall of 2012.
Mike was a Chicago Cubs fan, Chicago Bears fan – and, most importantly, a Dallas Center-Grimes Mustangs and Fillies fan. Spending time at the school watching his own children compete or more recently, just visiting with the coaches, fans and current students, gave him great joy and sense of satisfaction. Mike also served the Dallas Center community as a City Council Member for 8 years and on the DC-G Booster Club for a number of years.
Mike loved history and had a passion for reading – especially biographies. He enjoyed golf, yard work, fishing and camping.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 34 years, Debra, and three children. Zach Kastantin of Johnston, and twins Tyler Kastantin, currently at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake and Elisabeth Kastantin of Dallas Center. Mike is survived by three brothers, B. Frank (Cheryl) Kastantin of Wheatland, IA; Joseph (Linda) Kastantin of LaCrosse, WI; and John Kastantin of Clinton, IA. Mike’s mother – Virginia – is in nursing care in Clarence, IA. He was preceded in death by his father.
The family will receive friends from 4 – 7 p.m. Thursday, September 4, at Iles-Brandt Chapel in Dallas Center. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to be used as gifts of appreciation to various organizations that were important to Mike. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.
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