Victor Ivan Castens was born August 25, 1935 at Lafe, Green County, Arkansas to Emil William Henry Castens and Agnes Dorothea Tammen who preceded him in death. After a long illness he passed away on July 2, 2013 in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Victor Ivan Castens was born August 25, 1935 at Lafe, Green County, Arkansas to Emil William Henry Castens and Agnes Dorothea Tammen who preceded him in death. After a long illness he passed away on July 2, 2013 in Pittsburg, Kansas. Vic graduated from St. John’s Lutheran Grade School, Lafe, Arkansas and Lockwood, Missouri High School. He worked after graduation in a television repair shop in Lockwood, Missouri, while he pursued his education in Practical and Theoretical Radio and Television through the National Radio Institute.
Upon graduation in 1955 he accepted a position with radio station KGHM Brookfield, Missouri as an engineer. In 1957 he went to work for KOAM Radio and TV Pittsburg, Kansas as an engineer. March 10, 1982 he was promoted to Chief Engineer of Technical Operations a position he had until his retirement in 2001 after 43 years at KOAM TV.
He had many hobbies including amateur radio broadcasting, getting his pilot license in 1965, woodworking, cave exploration and many collections. He took several courses at PSU over the years. He was an avid genealogist and was a member of the Crawford County Genealogical Society for many years. He was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church Pittsburg, Kansas.
On October 7, 1977 he married Patricia Lane in Pittsburg, KS; she survives him. He is also survived by one sister Yvonne (David) Prough and a niece Jennifer Prough Pittsburg, KS. An uncle Rev. Louis Castens of Madison, Wisconsin, and three aunts, Frieda Eggerman of Lockwood, Missouri, Edna Brown of Citrus Heights, California and Kathryn Tammen of Redmond, Washington. He is also survived by several cousins. His wishes were to be cremated and no services.