Harold "Whitey" Carstensen passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at the age of 83,
at the University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, after suffering a heart attack.
A memorial service with Military Honors will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Faith Lutheran Church, Madelia, MN at 11:00 am with Pastor Salim Kaderbhai officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 am at the church. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Madelia, MN at a later date.
Harold was born in Riverdale Township (rural St. James) Minnesota on November 15, 1933, to Thomas and Rosa (Rabe) Carstensen. He was the youngest of ten children.
After the death of his Mother in 1943, he resided with brothers and sisters until his graduation from Madelia High School in 1951.
In January, 1952, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, and served for 22 years and 2 months, retiring on February 28, 1974 in the grade of Senior Master Sergeant, and relocated to San Antonio, Texas.
His Air Force service took him to overseas assignments in Greenland, Alaska, Hawaii, Taiwan, Korea and England. He served stateside in The Pentagon, Minnesota, South Dakota, and several years at Headquarters, USAF Security Service in San Antonio, Texas.
He earned several medals and service awards during his Air Force career, and received the Air Force Commendation Medal on 2 occasions for outstanding service in the field of Cryptographic operations in support of sensitive, highly classified missions. After his retirement from the service, he worked for the Veterans Administration and attended classes at San Antonio College. In 1977, he started his own business in the
Bookkeeping/Accounting field and served several clients in the San Antonio community.
He was an avid golfer, twice recording holes in one, and on one occasion, a double eagle.
Harold never married and in addition to his business associates and golfing friends, he cherished the friendship of many stray pets that he took into his home.
In 1985, he joined Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (LCMS) in San Antonio, and was honored to serve as an Elder for 2 years. He was active in church activities, attended services regularly, and was inspired by Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Harold is survived by his sister, Violet (Carstensen) Anderson and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas & Rosa and siblings, Henry, Gerhardt (Butch), Vernon (Sarge), Norman, Norma, Helen (Carstensen) Bohm, Irene (Carstensen) Bohm & Rosella (Carstensen) Jacobson, sisters-in-law Lucille (Biisser)Carstensen, Grace (Thompson) Carstensen, Norma (Dovenmuehle) Carstensen, Kathleen (McCabe) Carstensen and brothers-in-law Robert Anderson, Helge Bohm & Earnie Jacobson.
Published on  February 14, 2017