Lyle M. CarstensSeptember 19, 1929 ~ September 19, 2017 (age 88)
Lyle M. Carstens, age 88, of Normal, IL, formerly of Peotone, passed away on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL.
He was born on September 19, 1929 in Kankakee, the son of the late Fred J. and Rosa (Younker) Carstens. He married Bonnie J. Schroeder on March 18, 1951 at Salem United Church of Christ in New Orleans, LA. He entered the United States Airforce on October 5, 1950 and was discharged in October, 1954. After the Airforce, he worked for IBM for a short time. He then operated a corn shelling business and sold real estate. In 1966 he opened the Lyle Carstens Insurance Agency in Peotone and continued that business until retiring in 2008. He lived in Peotone for most of his life until moving to Normal in 2013 to be close to family. He was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone and a lifetime member of the Peotone American Legion Post 392. He served as Peotone Township Road Commissioner for 38 years and was past president of the Will County Fair Board. Lyle enjoyed golfing, reading, traveling, and being with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie J. (Schroeder) Carstens of Normal, a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl (Jeff) Crumrine of Bloomington, a son, Thomas Carstens of Roswell, GA; 5 grandchildren, Mark (Amy) Crumrine of Chicago, Kristin Crumrine of Bloomington, Beth (Kurtis) Zinger of Colorado, Lauren Carstens of Roswell, GA, and Jack Carstens of Roswell, GA; and 3 great-grandchildren, Michael Crumrine, Luke Crumrine, and Lincoln Zinger.
A memorial visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home, 112 W. Main St. Peotone, IL on Saturday, September 30 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Saturday, September 30 at 4:00 p.m. with Nancy Wheeler officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Immanuel United Church of Christ or to the donor's choice would be appreciated.