Alan Richard “Buck” Kestner, 79

Published 7:09 am Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A true cowboy rode off into the sunset of eternity on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.

Alan Richard “Buck” Kestner, 79

Alan Richard “Buck” Kestner, 79, died peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, after “fading away” due to Alzheimer’s for the past eight years.

Buck was born on Aug. 18, 1939, in Austin, Minnesota, to Albert and Leone Kestner. He graduated from Austin High School in 1957. He met the love of his life on a “blind date” with Beverly Knutson from Albert Lea, Minnesota, in April 1957.

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After graduation, Buck worked for the Soo Line Railroad office in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He then joined the U.S. Army in the spring of 1958 and proudly served his country for four years.

Buck and Bev were married July 6, 1958, at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. Buck was stationed in Germany from 1958 until 1960, and Bev joined him there for the wonderful experience of living in a foreign country. This produced a desire in both of them to see more of the world. For 31 years they rode a motorcycle all over the United States and Canada. They also flew and visited many countries in the world when they weren’t on the bike.

Following his discharge from the Army, Buck returned to Austin with his family, where he worked at the Judd Company, Fox Electric and the Hormel Foods Company before eventually starting his own business, Kestner Electric, Inc. in 1973.

In 1976, Buck, Bev and their three sons were “born again” of the Spirit of God as per John 3:3. This newfound love of God led Buck to being instrumental in the foundation of Austin Christian Fellowship. For the remainder of his life, Buck shared God’s love through his actions and generosity.

In July of 2018, Buck and Bev celebrated 60 years of a wonderful marriage. They were blessed with three sons, Kraig and his wife Betsy, Kevin and his wife Mary Jane, and Jason and his wife Staci. Their sons and their wives have blessed Buck and Bev with 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

After his retirement in 1999, Buck was able to rekindle his love of horses. He and Bev “wintered” in Wickenburg, Arizona, for a number of years, where Buck enjoyed riding with all of the other retired cowboys.

Buck is survived by his wife, Bev; his three sons and their wives and families; brother, Kim Kestner; and sisters, Doree Ames and Jolynn (Bob) Johnson.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan 19, 2019, at Cornerstone Church in Austin, with a lunch to follow. Visitation is from 9-10 a.m. before the service on Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers or gifts of money, please donate to Alzheimer’s research, Wounded Warriors organization or a recipient of your choice.

Blessed be his precious memory!