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Michael Kasten

Michael Wayne Kasten

There will be a private graveside service for Michael Wayne Kasten of Jackson, at a later date. Arrangements were handled by Ford and Sons  Funeral Chapel in Jackson.

Mike, 73, passed away Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at Ratliff Care Center after a brief illness. He was born Oct. 12, 1947, in Cape Girardeau, to Ralph and Carlene Kasten.

Mike graduated from Jackson High School in 1965. He served honorably in the Missouri Army National Guard.

He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1972. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Upon graduation, he worked at SoutheastHEALTH as a respiratory therapist and was an administrator at Chaffee Hospital. Chaffee Hospital is where he met the love of his life, Mary. They were married on April 7, 1979.

After Chaffee Hospital closed, Mike and Mary moved to Pensacola, FL, where he was administrator of the Northwest Florida OB/GYN Foundation.

They returned to Jackson in 2005 to take care of Mike’s aged parents. After retirement he enjoyed substitute teaching in the Jackson School District until his wife became ill and he became her caregiver. He most recently attended First Presbyterian Church in Jackson.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, of 41 years, three stepchildren, Lorri Brownen of Oklahoma City, OK, John (Doris) Thomas of Gulf Breeze, FL, and H. Stephen Thomas of Jackson, sister, Linda (Mark) Slade of Pacific, nephews, John Kellogg and Jason Kellogg, brother-in-law, Steve (Patricia) Golden of Jackson, sister-in-law, Kristi Golden of Ohio, and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Jackson R-2 School District Foundation in Mike Kasten’s name to 614 E. Adams, Jackson, MO 63755.

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