John Kistner

John Kistner
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John B. “Bert” Kistner, 83, of Smithton, IL, born June 16, 1939, in East St. Louis, IL, died Sunday, December 18, 2022, at his residence.

John is a United States Army veteran, during his active duty he served in the 101st Air Borne Division. He was an electrician for Afton Chemical Company formerly known as Ethyl Petroleum. John was a member of St. Henry’s Parish, former president for St. Henry’s Men’s Club, and Chief helper for all fish fries.

John loved to golf and enjoyed his Thursday night margaritas. Most of all he was the proudest grandpa and great grandpa in the world and enjoyed going to his grandkids sporting events.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of almost 59 years, Bonnie K., nee Bassler, Kistner, whom he married on November 28, 1963; his parents, Bert L., and Dorothy L, nee Maes, Kistner; a brother, Gerald L. (Kathy) Kistner; a sister-in-law, Barbara Kistner; a brother-in-law, David West.

Surviving are his four children, John (Linda) Kistner, Jeffrey (Janet) Kistner, Penny (Paul) Marks, and Cindy (Jeffrey) Beckmann;
ten beloved grandchildren, Matthew (Samantha) Kistner, Jeffrey Kistner, Jonathan Kistner, Joshua (Lauren) Kistner, Kayla (Andrew) Polacek, Trey Marks, Lauren Marks, Megan Marks, Blake Beckmann, and Hunter Beckmann;
four great-grandchildren, Maria and Caleb Kistner, Grady Polacek, and Kennedy Kistner;
four siblings, Phyllis A. West, James E. Kistner, Marie (Dan) Parrott, and Virginia L. (Joe) Dorn;
and many dear cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Henry’s Parish or to the Wounded Warrior Project. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Kenneth York officiating.

Burial will be held at a later date at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


5 Comments on John Kistner

Carrie K Kistner said : Guest Report Dec 20, 2022 at 4:56 PM

I'm so very sorry for Uncle John's passing coming so soon after Aunt Bonnie's, but they're together now. I hope that gives my cousins some comfort. I've made a donation to Wounded Warriors Project in Uncle John's memory.

  • South Windsor
  • CT
Diane Dettwiler said : Guest Report Dec 20, 2022 at 12:19 AM

Condolences to John's family. He was one of my favorite people at Afton Chemical. He always made me laugh. He will be missed by many!

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Bob Hunter said : Guest Report Dec 19, 2022 at 2:42 PM

My sincere condolences to all of John’s family. I worked with John for many years and learned a great deal from him. He was a good friend and was always willing to give help whenever and wherever it was needed. He will be missed.

  • Pontoon Beach
  • Illinois
Connie Jean Goyda said : Guest Report Dec 19, 2022 at 12:56 PM

You have my deepest sympathy on your loss. I remember all the fish fries at St. Henry’s and he was always there; smiling and happy to serve us.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Rose & Joe Edwards said : Guest Report Dec 19, 2022 at 12:29 PM

So sorry for your loss, John was such a nice person. Hugs and prayers for the family.

  • Smithton
  • IL

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