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Alan Carstensen

April 13, 1960 February 19, 2014
Alan Carstensen
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Obituary for Alan Carstensen
Ute, Iowa - Alan W. Carstensen, 53, of Ute, Iowa passed away, Wednesday, February 19, 2014. at his home in Ute surrounded by his loving family, following a recurrence with brain cancer. Later there will be a private graveside service at St. Clair Cemetery at Ute with military graveside honors provided by the American Legion Aaby Post #442 and the VFW Post #5605, both of Ute. There will be a public visitation with family present Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Ute after 4:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 5:00 p.m. with Pastor Marcus Manley officiating. The family is receiving condolences on line at Alan W. Carstensen was born April 13, 1960, at Denison, Iowa the son of Norman and Donna (Cornelius) Carstensen. He grew up in Denison and graduated from Storm Lake High School. He served his country in the United States Navy in 1979, separating with an Honorable Discharge. On July 5, 1991, Alan married Barbie Thompson in Moorhead, Iowa. They purchased their home and began their married life in Ute, Iowa where they raised their two girls Casey & Abbie. Throughout the years doors were opened to nieces & nephews for holiday and summer stays. Alan loved his family, and his dog Molly. He enjoyed the outdoors, playing with the girls, and Molly walking him around the neighborhood visiting friends. In addition, he enjoyed riding his motorcycle, cooking for family and friends and finding whatever mischief he could get into with Steve Butz. He worked at IBP in Dakota City, Nebraska and later was employed at Millard Refrigerated Services in Denison for 17 years. Alan was a work-a-holic, always busy taking on side work doing what he loved, roofing. Many of his side jobs included working at Fiesta Foods in Mapleton, working for Adam and Alex Dorale, and delivering the Sioux City Journal and the Omaha World Herald at Ute and Charter Oak for seven years. Those left to embrace their memories of Alan include his wife, Barbie; two daughters, Casey Golden and her husband, Brandon of Mapleton, Iowa and Abbie Carstensen at home in Ute; five grandchildren; Brent, Cameron, Darin, Aiden, and Ellie Golden; his father, Norman Carstensen of Ida Grove, Iowa and his mother Donna Gwinn of Aurora, Colorado; brothers and sisters, Rick Carstensen of Aurora, Colorado, Vicki Nigg and her husband, Kim of Des Moines, Iowa, Norman Carstensen, Jr. and his wife Monika of San Antonio, Texas, and Sandy Russell of Des Moines, Iowa; Alan's brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, David Thompson of Onawa, Iowa, Susan James and her husband Butch, Bonnie Bridgeman and her husband Charlie, and Jana Radloff and her husband Mike all of Ute, and Steven Thompson and his wife Laurie of Sioux City, Iowa; and many other extended family members; plus a very special friend, Steve Butz of Ute, "Alan's brother from another mother". Anyone Alan met became his friend and he had tons of them, appreciating each and every one He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Julius and Anna Carstensen; his maternal grandparents George and Olga Cornelius; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lyle and Jo Thompson; and a sister-in-law, Nancy Leeper.


Sunday, February 23, 2014 After 4:00 p.m.

Armstrong Funeral Home 501 South Day Ave. Ute, Iowa
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