Obituary of Joseph Edwin Kastner
Joseph Edwin Kastner of Slidell, Louisiana, passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Joseph died peacefully at home with his beloved wife, daughter, son-in-law, and all four grandchildren by his side. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 16, 1943, to his father, Henry John Kastner, and his mother, Catherine Forster Kastner. The second born of four sons, Joseph graduated Cor Jesu, 1961. Joseph later graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 1965.
Joe worked at Boeing after graduating LSU and was proud to be a part of the team that built the booster rocket for the Apollo 11 mission. He was later employed with McDermott International until his retirement in 1999.
He married Karen Lee Parker Kastner in 1967.
Joe traveled extensively for both work and pleasure. He took his family on many nice vacations and, ironically, there was always an incredible golf course to be played nearby. Joe was passionate about the game of golf and being an avid LSU Tiger fan. He told his daughter when it was time to apply for colleges, that she could attend college anywhere in the world, but that he was paying for LSU. She also became an LSU graduate and Tiger fan just like him. Joe had many friends, who he loved talking and reminiscing with about the old times and the McDermott days. Being an engineer, he had many Aggie friends, although he forgave them for that. The bond Joe shared with his brothers was unbreakable. One of his favorite memories was having boiled seafood on Thursdays at Whitey’s with his brothers.
Joseph was preceded in his death by his parents; eldest brother, John Henry Kastner; youngest brother, James Anthony Kastner; father-in-law, Terry Lee Parker; mother-in-law, Myrtle Burke Parker; and brother-in-law, Craig Burke Parker. He is survived by his beloved wife, Karen Parker Kastner; his brother, Jerry James Kastner; adored and loved son, Jeffery Craig Kastner; adored and loved daughter, Allison Beth Kastner David; admired and loved son-in-law, Darrin Michael David; and his ultimate pride and joy his four grandchildren, Trevor Joseph David, Tyler Elizabeth David, Gunnar Michael David, and Landry Nicole David.
To quote his favorite singer, Willie Nelson, Joe was our Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground…
A visitation for Joseph is planned for Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Audubon Funeral Home located at 61101 Highway 11 in Slidell, Louisiana 70458. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be expressed at www.AudubonFuneralHome.com