Lance A. Karstens, age 46, of Omaha, Nebraska, and formerly of Yankton, South Dakota, died Sunday, July 12, 2015, at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha.
Funeral services are 10:30 AM on Thursday, July 16, 2015, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Steve Weispfennig officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Wednesday, July 15 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton. Visitation continues one hour prior to the funeral on Thursday.
Pallbearers are Cade Hansen, Brent Karstens, Justin Karstens, Kyle Karstens and Jay Stickley.
Lance was born on July 24, 1968, in Yankton, South Dakota, to Duane and Lorelei (Hansen) Karstens. He grew up in Yankton and graduated from Yankton High School in 1986. Lance then managed Gippers for several years before attending Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls. He graduated as a Biomedical Technician and moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where he worked for several different hospitals. Lance also travelled throughout the Midwest training hospital personnel on Stealth System machines used for surgery. Lance devoted his life to his children. He loved watching them play baseball and softball and always loved going to the zoo with them. Lance also enjoyed fishing, boating, and watching football, especially his favorite team, the Denver Broncos.
Lance is survived by his two children: Zachary and Kayleigh Karstens of Omaha; five brothers and sisters: Michelle (Fred) Stickley of Huron, SD, Mark (Gloria) Karstens of Howard, SD, Marlys (Gary) Wagner of Freeman, SD, Michael (Beverly) Karstens of Mission Hill, SD and Lisa (Loren) Hansen of Waunakee, WI; many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
Lance was preceded in death by his parents, Duane and Lorelei Karstens; and a nephew, Travis Karstens.
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So sorry to hear of your loss. May your many wonderful memories bring you comfort at this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at thsi time.
Rod and Joni Isom and family
I was a classmate of Lance's in high school. He was always very friendly and had a smile on his face. I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.
I, too, was a classmate of Lance's at YHS. We are so sorry to hear of his death but more so for your loss. Please be assured of our continued prayers.
Jackie (Furdeck) Sempek
Our deepest sympathy to you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Karen and Dave Edler
Thinking of all of you during this trying time. Prayers to the family!
James and Sheri Duke and family
I don't have any words to express my heartbreak. Lance is my cousin, and I will always remember his laughter and his smile. Prayers to his siblings and extended family. Love to you all at this terrible time.
Sorry to hear of your loss. He will be missed greatly. He was a great guy and was friends with anyone that came his way
My deepest sympathy to your family during this time! You are in my thoughts and prayers!
I am Sorry to hear about your loss.I am sending prayers to your family.
Deepest sympathies from the staff at Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital. Lance will be greatly missed by all.
Jennie Edmondson OR Staff
I worked and occasionally went to break with Lance at Jennie. He was a great person who was always helpful whenever we needed him. Myself as well as countless other JEMH employees will miss him deeply. He talked often of his children and how proud he was of them and the activities they did together. I am honored I could call him friend.
Amy Spencer, CNA
Deepest sympathies from the Central Supply Department at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital. You will be missed Lance.
My deepest sympathies to the family of Lance. He was a close friend to me and a source of guidance and comfort when i needed it. Lance my brother, you will be missed. Our countless days of work and boating together were a source of great entertainment and joy for me and my family. Work wont be the same without you buddy!
Lance could always light up the room, with a big heart and a big smile that made us all feel like family. I will miss you my friend. You are home now.
I'm at a loss for words for losing someone soooo young. I remember him in our 4-H Club - always a happy little kid. Sending my deepest sympathy to all his brothers, sisters, and children.
Former Get and Go 4-H member and Denver Broncos fan too
Lance and I were always the 'most vertically challenged' growing up but he always sported the biggest grin and slyest of humor. You are missed, my friend, and gone far too soon. Rest In Peace.
Your friends at the Birthing Center at MJE miss you already. You were a great guy to work with. Hope you are dancing and fishing in heaven
Very sorry for your loss. Lance always had a smile and a friendly hello.
Lance's authentic kindness and cheerful disposition made an enormous impression on me when as a child nearing the end of 5th grade, I was moved from Montana to Yankton. He was my first friend in this exotic new land, and made the apprehensive transition smooth. In all the time I knew him, his core character remained beautiful and refreshing. I cannot comprehend the loss to the family, but amid myriad testimony, I say he was one of the good ones, and his spirit lives on in a vastly better place.
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