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Mr. Dean Eugene Kiste, age 59, of Stanton, passed away Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

The son of Lloyd L. & Lucile Ann (Mitchell) Kiste, he was born on November 1, 1951 in Greenville. Following his graduation from Greenville High School, Dean served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.

For many years, he worked as a theater manager at drive-ins and multiplexes in Michigan and Florida. He was a member of Crystal Lake Community Church and American Legion Post No. 452 in Stanton, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Jill Thompson.

Surviving are his long-time best friend and companion, Sharon Wellman of Stanton; children, Jennifer Cressman of Lansing, Stefanie & Dave Gillson of Six Lakes, Jason Kiste and Amanda Douglas of Elsie; stepchildren, Michelle Snyder and Bill Jeffers of Stanton, Bob Snyder of Coldwater; a sister, Judy & Robert Beckwith of Lansing; a brother, Lloyd & Irene Kiste of Sidney; sixteen grandchildren; one great grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Friday from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.

The Rev. Stephen Mowat, pastor of Crystal Lake Community Church, will officiate and burial will take place privately at West Montcalm Cemetery.

Envelopes for memorial contributions for the wishes of the family will be available at the funeral home.

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  1. Anonymous on November 2, 2010 at 12:00 am


    08/08/2012 –

    Robin smalley

    I love you Dean,,I am glad I knew you in my life.I remmember alot of times,,when I was small you were always kind to our family,,I really miss Jodi but I cant find her anywhere,perhaps you will mom Gailynn she passed dec 23 2008,,,miss you old friend

    11/08/2010 –

    sharon moody

    thinking of you all, sorry to hear about your you all gram moody

    11/05/2010 –

    Darrell and Terry Evans

    Dean married us 11/27/2003, he was a good friend to us for many years. We will miss seeing him and talking with him. He was a lot of fun! Our prayers are with his family and friends.

    11/05/2010 –

    Cindy Russell Treynor

    To the Kiste family:
    I did not know Dean very well but he was a member of my family. I wish to send my condolences to his family. It is so hard to lose a loved one. We all have suffered too many losses for one family. My prayers are with you.

    11/05/2010 –

    Vicki Hoffman

    To the man I call Pop. You were married to my mom for a brief time, due to distance, I did not get to come down and see you as often I would have liked, but I have always thought about you, wondered about you, and missed you to no end. You were one of the most treasured men and mentors in my life. I miss you.
    With all my love and affection, Vicki

    11/04/2010 –

    Michael & Amy Schreiner

    Stefanie, Dave & Family, We are so sorry for you loss, Dean was a wounderful man. We will always remember his smile “) You in our Thoughts & Prayers during this time. We love ya!

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