|Birth: ||Jun. 15, 1919|
North Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 20, 2015|
Perry A. Kistler Jr. was born in Leonard at his parents' home on June 15, 1919 and passed away on September 20, 2015 at Eventide on 8th in Moorhead at the age of 96. Perry was the oldest person living in Leonard who was born in Leonard.
He graduated from Leonard High School in 1938 and from Dakota Business College in Fargo. He worked for Merchants Bank in Fargo for more than two years before serving in the Army. Following surgery for sinus problems, he received an honorable discharge from the Army and decided to go to the West Coast to work in the ship yards to serve his country during the war.
After two years out west, he returned to Leonard to cover his father's mail route for two weeks and never left. He started working as his father's substitute carrier and then became the full time mail carrier. Perry delivered the mail for more than 40 years and retired in 1984.
He married Helen Haney, also from Leonard, in 1945 and they have been married 70 years. They raised five daughters-Claudia (Jerry) Hanson, Eileen (Deane) Wegge, Virginia (Robert) Tupa, Diana (Greg) Wessels, and Annette (Greg) Olson. Perry and Helen have 10 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
Perry had many part-time jobs in addition to his mail carrier career. He sold more than 800 "Perry" (Handyman) jacks to farmers all over the area, was the bookkeeper for Leonard Implement, and worked on area farms during planting and harvesting.
He was a long time member of the former Leonard Methodist Church where he tended the furnace for more than 10 years. He served on the Leonard City Council, was a Leonard Fire Department volunteer, and a lifetime member of the Leonard American Legion where he was the treasurer for two years. He was a lifetime member of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and a member of the Rural Letter Carriers Association. The National Safety Council honored him with a membership in the Million Mile Club for travelling more than a million miles for the Postal Service without an accident.
He loved to fish, hunt, and trap wildlife. He went on many fishing trips with his buddies to Canada and had "secret" fishing holes on the Red, Wild Rice, and Sheyenne rivers. He was unofficially the "best fisherman in Leonard". He went on many hunting trips to western ND and Montana. He passed his fishing and hunting expertise on to some of his sons-in-law, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and taught many of them to enjoy fishing.
After his retirement, Perry and Helen traveled extensively throughout the U.S. for 10 years enjoying warm winter months in their motor home.
He was the middle child of five and the only son born to Perry A. Kistler, Sr. and Marian (Witmer). He is preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Velma Briscoe, Marian Wootten, and Marjorie Dolik. He is survived by his wife, five daughters, 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and his sister Ethel Casebolt who lives in California.
He lived a long, full life and he will be missed by all of us.
Services will be held at 2:30 pm at West Funeral Home in West Fargo, ND on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
Perry Alvin Kistler (1882 - 1951)
Mary Ann Witmer Kistler (1889 - 1969)
Helen Jeanette Haney Kistler (1928 - ____)
Velma Joy Briscoe (1914 - 1983)*
Marjorie Emma Kistler Dolik (1917 - 1998)*
Perry Alvin Kistler (1919 - 2015)
North Dakota, USA
Created by: lk51t
Record added: Jun 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71836240
Have a safe journey Dad. Love you forever|
Added: Sep. 21, 2015