Michael Edward Kastner, of Noblesville, passed away in his sleep, in the quiet morning of Aug. 5, 2020, in his home.
He was born May 2, 1936, to Agnes and Karl Kastner in Cleveland, Ohio
Mr. Kastner graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Detroit as well as a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Cleveland State University.
In his long career as an engineer and manager, Mr. Kastner worked for NASA, General Electric and Thompson Consumer Electronics, working to create everything from landing gear for jet aircraft to light bulbs to television tubes. His colleagues remember him as a highly regarded leader who cared deeply for those who worked for him.
A devout member of the Roman Catholic faith, Mr. Kastner served on the Pastoral Council and as a lector for Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Noblesville. Throughout retirement until early this year, Mr. Kastner volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul Center in Noblesville, helping distribute food and household items to those in need.
Mr. Kastner loved to read, amassing enough books to fill a library in his home, on subjects ranging from gardening to spy fiction, architecture to ancient history, and, of course, railroads. He also loved to build things. He constructed a grandfather clock that still chimes precisely every fifteen minutes, three decades after he built it. He completed countless home improvement projects, both in his own home and those of his children. Mr. Kastner never quite finished his HO scale model railroad layout but leaves it detailed with intricate bridges, buildings, mountains and streams.
His greatest joy was his family, the foundations of which were built upon his love and devotion to them. The structure he created - strong enough to weather even his loss - lives on in those he loved. He was a good man, a true engineer, a devoted husband and the best father one could ask for.
Survivors include his wife and love of his life, Maureen; his children: Michael (Linda) Jr., David (Leslie), Judy (Tom), Peggy (Shawn) and Patrick (Beth); and his pride and joy, his grandchildren, Allison (Troy), Nicole (Jacob), Megan, Sam, Daniel, Joshua, Noah and Henry.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations can be made to St. Vincent de Paul of Noblesville in Mike’s name at www.svdpnoblecause.com
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