Donald Eugene Kistler

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Donald Eugene Kistler, age 80, of Custer, SD passed away on January 18, 2019, at the Custer Senior Care Center in Custer. Donald was born on June 3, 1938 in Mitchell, SD to Milo and Grace (McManus) Kistler. He graduated from Reliance High School, Reliance, SD, in 1956. On November 21, 1959, in Kennebec, SD, Donald married Nancy Mason. They moved to Custer in 1960. Donald worked for the United States Forest Service for 36 years, retiring in 1996. After this retirement, he was a realtor for Bradeen Real Estate until 2016. He was a member of the Custer Volunteer Fire Department for most of his adult life, served for many years on the Custer School Board, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed spending time with family and telling stories. He will be most remembered for his sense of humor and selfless devotion to his family. He is survived by his children, Frank (Michelle) Kistler of Edgemont, SD; Mary Anne (Jim) Krogh of Sioux Falls, SD; Shirley (Ken) Climenti of Junction City, KS; Margi (Joe) Conlon of Cody, WY; Donale (Larry) Walker of Custer; brothers, Richard (Barbara) of Sarasota, FL;, Patrick of Loveland, CO; Jerry (Lorna) of Chamberlain, SD; Eugene (Rita) of Brick, NJ; sister Mary Lou Neville of Northglenn, CO; 29 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren, and 7 great great children. He is preceded in death by Nancy, his wife of 56 years, his parents, and siblings Francis and Eileen. Pallbearers will be Bill Wakeland, BJ Johnson, Ron Bradeen, John Culberson, Mary Eide, Jay Wickham, Ron Lacey, and Jim Hattervig. Christian Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Father Grant Gerlach as celebrant. Christian Funeral Committal services were held Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD. A memorial has been established in Donald’s name to benefit the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Custer, SD

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