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Gale "Cop" Carstens

May 6, 1938 - March 22, 2019
From: Lake View, IA
Gale "Cop" Carstens

Gale "Cop" Carstens

Born: May 6, 1938
Died: March 22, 2019
Age: 80
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   Gale Carstens, age 80, of Lake View, IA, passed away on Friday, March 22, 2019, at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City, IA.  Gale was born on May 6, 1938, to parents Conrad and Ella (Aronson) Carstens in Denison, IA. He grew up on a farm near Berne, IA and he graduated from Charter Oak High School. His friends called him Costo.

   In May of 1958, Gale was united in marriage to Sally Rosburg. This union was blessed with four children: Teri, Dean, Kevin and Curt. Gale spent most of his adult life as a Police Officer, from Charter Oak Marshall, to Deputy Sheriff of Crawford County, to Denison Chief of Police. In 1981 he became Chief of Police in Lake View, where he became known as Cop which is his nickname today.

   Gale was a member of the Masonic lodge, was a Shriner, and was Chief of the Charter Oak Fire Department for many years. He enjoyed playing cards, watching NASCAR, and being with friends for events big and small. He is remembered as a fair-minded person in his work as well as in his life.

   Survivors include his children: Teri Carstens of Atlanta, GA, Dean Carstens (special friend Rhonda) of Carroll, IA, Kevin (Colleen) Carstens of Nashville, TN, Curt Carstens (special friend Dawnie) of Carroll, IA; grandchildren: Jeremy, Josh, Emily, Mollie, Bre, Ron, Cade and Kylie; great-grandchildren: Leah, Teck and Keenan; sister Maureen Holtorf; brothers: Lowell (Bud)  and Jack; many extended family members and friends.

   Gale was preceded in death by his parents, brother Lawrence Carstens and sister Donna Mae Carstens.



Memorial Service
10:30 a.m., Wednesday
March 27, 2019
Lakes United Methodist Church
Lake View, Iowa
Laurel Westerkamp
5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Tuesday
March 26, 2019
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Lake View, Iowa
Charter Oak Cemetery
Charter Oak, Iowa


Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 9:23 AM
“So sorry for your loss. The lake will not be the same without you Cop. We enjoyed a cold beverage and conversation after a day in the sun. Thanks for all your knowledge.”
- Mark and Jan
Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 9:51 AM
“Even though we couldn't get back to be with you in person, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
-- Randy, Julie, Lena, John, and Jason Schmidt”
- Randy Schmidt
Monday, March 25, 2019 at 5:36 PM
“What a great man & COP, was a great friend to us. Will miss him. Sincerely.”
Monday, March 25, 2019 at 2:28 PM
“My prayers-n-thoughts are with you all.Costo was WOW such a GREAT guy !!! I know my gpa Creese thought the world of him too YEP he WILL be missed but he leaves alot of memories back with us :)”
- Vicky l Reis
Monday, March 25, 2019 at 12:39 PM
“Godís peace and comfort to the family - loved Cop - what a guy - we will always remember our dear friend !!!”
- Tom & Jean Hiller
Monday, March 25, 2019 at 12:39 PM
“From one cops family to another, you are in our thoughts and prayers. He was a great friend to my parents!”
- Steve & Mindy(Rardin) Radloff
Monday, March 25, 2019 at 10:24 AM
“Deepest sympathies to all of Cops family. Has been a friend since I was a baby. Always a smile when he said hi.”
- Mark and Tami Auen
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 9:38 PM
“I knew Cop from when I lived at Lake View. He was a kind, caring and fun man. He always made me feel at home offering me a Diet Pepsi whenever I stopped in to visit him. He will be missed.”
- Linda Dorrell
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 9:38 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss! Gale was a really good person and we loved talking with him!”
- Mike and LuAnn Norris
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 9:38 PM
“Our deepest Sympathy, Love , Hugs and Prayers to the whole family!!! Costo was such a wonderful part of our family over the years, from the time he started dating Sally Ann until the present. So many wonderful memories to treasure over the years. I think my favorite was back in the 70s when we took dancing lessons together. I don't think anyone had more fun than us two couples. OF course he always had to tease me about it when we saw each other and he still called me stink like he did when I was 5. He said because I was such a stinker. Everyone take good care of yourselves and know you all have a special place in our hearts!!! Jim & Nan”
- Jim & Nancy Jurgens
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 9:38 PM
“So sorry to hear about Gale! My thoughts and prayers to the Carstens family. 🙏🙏🙏”
- Brenda Thompson
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 9:38 PM
“Our deepest sympathy to Galeís family in your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hold onto your find memories. Don and Donna Tjaden”
- Don and Donna Tjaden
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 11:38 AM
“Our sympathy to the family. Prayers are being said for all of you.
Lyle and Tammy Bramley”
- Lyle and Tammy Bramley
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 11:38 AM
“ Gale was a friendly person to know and enjoyed visiting with him whenever he was out and about. Our condolences to the Carstens family. ”
- Sue & Ken Barney
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 7:22 AM
- Margie L Carstens
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 7:22 AM
“My deepest condolences on your lost.”
- Ken ware
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