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Steven Randall Kesterson

d. November 25, 2014

May 18, 1955 ~ November 25, 2014


Sunday, November 30, 2014

1:00-9:00 PM

Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home

Harlan, IA

The family will be present to greet friends from 3:00-5:00 PM at the Funeral Home.

A Wake Service will be held at 4:00 PM at the Funeral Home.


Monday, December 1, 2014

11:00 AM

St. Michael’s Catholic Church

Harlan, IA

Burial will be in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery, Charter Oak, IA


Mother – Connie Kesterson of Charter Oak, IA

4 Brothers – Ron Kesterson of Harlan, IA

Mark (Angie) Kesterson of Woodridge, IL

Chuck Kesterson of Saint Jo, TX

Bob (Julie) Kesterson of Harlan, IA

2 Sisters – Lynn Holstein of Charter Oak, IA

Jean (Ed) Tuman of Oswego, IL

Nieces & Nephews

Other Relatives & Friends

Steven “Steve” Randall Kesterson, son of Floyd Henry and Mary Constance (Dietz) Kesterson, was born on May 18, 1955, in Denison, Iowa. He attended Charter Oak-Ute (Iowa) schools, and graduated in 1973. Steve attended Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota, and received his Bachelor’s Degree. He later received his Masters in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Steve began working for Lucent Technologies in Naperville, Illinois. He was employed by Lucent for 23 years until his retirement. A few years later he moved to Harlan, Iowa.

As a young man in his early teens, Steve enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, and motorcycles. In September 1971, he suffered a spinal cord injury, but he chose to rise above his condition and be as independent as possible. He always liked football, especially the Chicago Bears, the Iowa Hawkeyes, and other Big 10 teams. A big-hearted person, Steve cherished his dogs. He also possessed a good sense of humor and a sharp analytical mind.

Steve R. Kesterson died on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan, Iowa, having reached the age of 59 years, 6 months, and 7 days.

Steve was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother, Connie Kesterson of Charter Oak, Iowa; four brothers, Ron Kesterson of Harlan, Iowa, Mark (Angie) Kesterson of Woodridge, Illinois, Chuck Kesterson of Saint Jo, Texas, and Bob (Julie) Kesterson of Harlan, Iowa; two sisters, Lynn Holstein of Charter Oak, Iowa, and Jean (Ed) Tuman of Oswego, Illinois; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, December 1, 2014, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Harlan, Iowa, with Father John Frost celebrating and Deacon Jim DeBlauw giving the eulogy. Peg Lantz and Maryalyce Dotzler served as musicians. Casket bearers were Lynn Holstein, Jean Tuman, Bob Kesterson, Ron Kesterson, Mark Kesterson, and Chuck Kesterson. Burial was in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Charter Oak, Iowa, with Father Tim Boekelman of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Denison, Iowa, presiding at the graveside. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at
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