Clarence A. JostenSeptember 2, 1928 ~ August 18, 2017 (age 88)
Clarence Josten, 88, of Sioux Falls, SD, died Friday, August 18, 2017 at Prince of Peace Retirement Center in Sioux Falls, SD.
Mass of Christian Burial will begin 10:30 am Thursday, August 24, 2017 at the Church of St. Mary in Sioux Falls. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 5:00-7:00 pm Wednesday, followed by a Wake Service at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, August 23rd at Miller Funeral Home, 507 S. Main Avenue.
Clarence Anthony Josten, age 88 of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Prince of Peace Retirement Center.
Born to Joseph and Marie (Henle) Josten on September 2, 1928, he lived his entire life in Sioux Falls. He attended Cathedral Elementary through the eighth grade when he joined his father and brothers working at their family business, Josten Concrete Products. There he earned the nickname "Shorty" since he had to sit on pillows to see over the steering wheel to drive the trucks.
He met his wife, Darlene Hustrulid while spending time with friends at the downtown Arkota Ballroom. On November 21, 1959, they were married. They had three children, Linda, Thomas and Sandra.
He enjoyed flying his Cessna airplane, hunting pheasant, ducks and deer, fishing, and spending much treasured time traveling with his family, mostly in their motorhome, eventually visiting all fifty states as well as Canada and Mexico.
He served three years in the Army National Guard. He was a charter member of St. Mary's Church and the Westward Ho Country Club. He belonged to the Elks and the American Legion.
In 1945, Josten Concrete Products became a licensee with the Wilbert Burial Vault Company, creating Josten Wilbert Vault Company. Clarence served as president of both companies, also serving on the board of the Wilbert Manufacturers Association for one term. He was a dedicated and hard working role model for Wilbert, loved and respected by fellow licensees nationwide, who quickly became lifelong friends.
In August 2015, he moved into Prince of Peace Retirement Center after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. His caretakers loved his smile and playful demeanor.
Clarence is survived by his wife, Darlene; two daughters, Linda Josten and Sandra Josten, both of Sioux Falls; one son, Thomas (Valerie) Josten of Sioux Falls; two step-grandsons, Bobby Mitchell and Casey Mitchell, both of Sioux Falls; one step-granddaughter, Jyssica Mitchell (Derik) Laddusaw and their children, Bryton and Bryckyn, all of Sioux Falls; one niece, Ann Josten; one nephew, Doug (JoAnn) Josten and family, and many cousins and friends. He will be greatly missed!
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Marie Josten; two brothers, Arnold and Walter; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Bette; and one niece, Pam Kleinbeck.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Prince of Peace Retirement Center and Interim Health Care in Sioux Falls for their loving care of Clarence.
Please join us at St. Mary's Church following the graveside service for lunch and fellowship.
Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org) or to the Wilbert Foundation (www.wilbertfoundation.org).