ALFRED “BRUCE” KASTEN, 83, died on Sunday, September 20, 2020, with his family by his side in Colorado Springs, CO.
Bruce was born on December 19, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up playing on the shores of Lake Forest just outside of Chicago. He was the second child to Alfred and Gladys (Fischer) Kasten and brother to his sister Joan (Kasten) Troth. He graduated from Ela Vernon High School in Lake Zurich, Illinois in 1955. After graduating from high school, Bruce and his family moved to Manitou Springs, CO. He attended Colorado College and studied geology. Studying geology is what let him to his love of rock climbing which took him on several adventures to Mexico as well as climbing several of the rocks in Garden of the Gods. In August of 1958 he entered the United States Air Force (USAF), where he proudly served for a short time.
Bruce returned to the Colorado Springs area after his time in the Air Force and went to work for his uncle in the Tax Accounting business. Working with numbers suited him well and he learned the tax business ins and outs, gradually building his client base. In 1964 Bruce, and his then wife, Judy, opened and operated a tax accounting business under E.K. Williams and Company. Then in 1977 he opened his own tax accounting business, A. B. Kasten Accounting which he successfully ran in Colorado Springs until 1987 when he decided that he was tired of the cold and shoveling snow and wanted to move to a warmer climate. He picked Las Vegas, NV where he lived until 2006. Longing for a quieter life Bruce moved to Crystal, NV, a small town about an hour north of Vegas and continued his tax accounting business in Pahrump, NV until July of 2020. In August of 2020, Bruce moved back to Colorado Springs, CO to be closer to his children and grandchildren.
Bruce was always a big fan of Westerns and the cowboy way of life, with John Wayne being his all-time favorite actor. Back in the day, he and his father, Al Kasten would perform in gun fights at Buckskin Joe’s theme park near Canon City, CO. Those times he shared with his dad were some of his favorite memories.
It was his love of the old west, guns and cowboys that brought him to join the El Dorado Cowboys Shooters Club in Las Vegas, NV. Shado, as his Cowboy friends knew him, would compete for prestige on a course of different shooting stages with firearms, typical of those used in the Old West, he earned multiple awards and honors for the quickest draw and accuracy. After a day of competition, there was nothing he liked better to do with his friends than to end the day with a cold drink of whiskey or a gin martini.
Bruce is survived by his children, Joel Kasten (Lynn), Lori (Kasten) Fritz, Kelli (Kasten) Kruger, Tracy Kasten and Cory Kasten (Bianca) and his sister, Joan (Kasten) Troth. He will be forever loved and remembered by his 9 grandchildren, Joshua, Megan, Jesse, Katelyn (Trey), Daniel (Ashlyn), Kersten, Kyler, Logan and Lauryn. Nephew and niece Lisa (Brian) Sholten and Jason Kannon
Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Gladys Kasten.
The family will be holding a small private celebration of his life in the Colorado Mountains the weekend of October 24, 2020.
“Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that He was”