Errol Jon Carstensen (August 8, 2015)

July 28, 1941 ~ August 8, 2015

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
2:00-9:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Shelby, IA
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The family will be present to greet friends from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Funeral Home.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
1:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church
Shelby, IA
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Burial will be in the Shelby Cemetery, Shelby, IA

Wife – Rae Carstensen of Shelby, IA
2 Sons – Eric (Ellen) Carstensen of Omaha, NE
Eron (Sarah) Carstensen of Kansas City, KS
1 Sister – Sondra Kitchens of Jackson, MS
3 Grandchildren – Jack Carstensen of Omaha, NE
Savannah Carstensen of Kansas City, KS
Eli Carstensen of Kansas City, KS
Nieces & Nephews
Other Relatives & Friends

Errol Jon Carstensen, the son of Elmer Johnsen and Liela Ramona (Juel) Carstensen, was born on July 28, 1941, in Elk Horn, Iowa. His family moved to Shelby, Iowa, in 1947, and Jon attended Shelby Community Schools, graduating in 1959. He entered the United States Navy and served on a destroyer until he received a medical discharge. Jon then worked at the Shelby Bank before starting business school in Omaha, Nebraska. He went on to attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he majored in business.

Jon married Ruby Raelene “Rae” Shelley on May 9, 1965, in Omaha. In 1970, they made their home in Shelby. For several years, he worked for a marketing company in Omaha. Jon then worked for the United States Postal Service as a mail processor for many years.

Jon was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Shelby, and the Shelby American Legion Post #240. His hobbies included fishing and golfing, and he enjoyed old Westerns, morning coffee, and TV shows like Matlock and Blue Bloods.

Errol Jon Carstensen died on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 74 years and 11 days.

Jon was preceded in death by his parents, and two grandchildren, Ethan Carstensen and Ean Carstensen. He is survived by his wife, Rae Carstensen of Shelby, Iowa; two sons, Eric (Ellen) Carstensen of Omaha, Nebraska, and Eron (Sarah) Carstensen of Kansas City, Kansas; one sister, Sondra Kitchens of Jackson, Mississippi; three grandchildren, Jack Carstensen of Omaha, Nebraska, and Savannah Carstensen and Eli Carstensen, both of Kansas City, Kansas; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church in Shelby, Iowa, with Pastor Heather Ploen of United Lutheran Church, Shelby, officiating. Georgene Juhl, Deb Rosenow, Sandy Wilds, and Kathy Schumacher served as the musicians. Casket bearers were members of the Shelby American Legion Post #240. Burial was in the Shelby Cemetery, Shelby, Iowa, with military rites conducted by the Shelby American Legion Post #240. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Shelby, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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9 Responses to Errol Jon Carstensen (August 8, 2015)

  1. JoEllyn Juel Anderson says:

    I’m so sorry we were not able to attend the visitation or funeral. May the memories you hold dear to your heart sustain you at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  2. Jacqueline Juel Conzemius says:

    Rae and family,

    I just picked up on the message from Deb telling JoEllyn and me about Jon’s passing and I see that the funeral was today. I haven’t seen any of your family for years, but know that the love of our family is surrounding you at this sad time. May wonderful memories fill your heart. I will pass the information on to Nellie. Keeping all of you in thought and prayer.

    Jacqueline Juel Conzemius
    Maryville, Tennessee

  3. Rob Faure says:


    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. In time comfort, peace and joyful memories will replace the sorrow.


  4. Jina Perry says:

    Jon was a great friend. Entertaining and worked like a mule! I worked with him at the Main Post Office in Omaha (when we had daily competitions for the best numbers) for several years until he retired. Jon worked with my Dad at Kmart too, so I have known Jon since I was a kid. Gentlemanly and very down-to-earth. Rest in Peace, Jon. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

  5. IMAGINiT FM Team -- Raleigh, NC says:


    We send our condolences to you and your family at this time of sorrow. We pray for comfort and peace as you grieve your dad’s death.

    — Hendy, Evan, Keith

  6. Kristi Whitmore says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Marcella Sawick says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayer to Rae and the family.

  8. Mary Lee May Barnett says:

    I am very sorry and send my sympathy to your family.

  9. Marge McCool Meyer says:

    I wish to send my heartfelt condolences to Jon’s family? I knew Jon, his father, and his sister was in my class at school. We are unable to attend visitation or funeral as there is a funeral in my husbands family. I would so much like to be able to contact Sondra. Could you please give her my email address. Peace be with you.
    Marge and Ken Meyer Denison Iowa

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