Alice "Allie" (Kaestner) Chester

March 25, 1945 ~ March 16, 2019 (age 73)


Alice “Allie” Chester, age 73, of Mystic, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Centerville Specialty Care.

Alice was born on March 25, 1945 in Mystic, Iowa, the daughter of Clyde and Ruth (Armstrong) Kaestner.  She graduated from Centerville High School with the Class of 1963.  She was united in marriage to Merle “Dean” Chester on November 24, 1967 in Kirksville, Missouri.  To this union, Alice gained three children, Betty, Tina, and Lisa.  Together, the couple had Christopher.

Alice worked for ISU/Alliant Energy.  She started in billing, but spent many years in the call center.  She retired after working there for 40 years.  She was also the Treasurer in Mystic for several years, keeping the books for the city of Mystic.

Alice served on the Mystic Fire Department and First Responders with her husband, Dean.  She loved to travel with him as well.  She enjoyed doing yard work and spending time outdoors.  Alice was a long-time caretaker of her family.  She loved her family with everything she had, including her cat, Smoke, and her granddogs.  She was known by her family and friends for making the best Peanut Butter Fudge and other candies.

Left to cherish Alice’s memory are her children, Chris (Jamie) Chester of Mystic, Iowa, Betty (Pat) Howell of Sugarland, Texas, Tina (Bruce) Amos of Indianola, Iowa, and Lisa Croushorn of Tampa, Florida; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; a brother, Richard “Dick” (Karla) Kaestner of Knoxville; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Dean Chester on May 22, 2010; her parents, Clyde and Ruth Kaestner; sisters, Marjorie Louise Perkins and Mary Virginia Porter; a brother, Donald James Kaestner; and an honorary brother, James “Crop” Robinson.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00AM, Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Highland Cemetery in Mystic, conducted by Celebrant, Katie Pearson.  A Visitation will take place Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville, with the family greeting friends from 6:00PM-8:00PM.  Memorials have been established to the family of Alice Chester, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544.   Condolences may be shared online at

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March 20, 2019

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Lange Funeral Home & Crematory
1900 South 18th St
Centerville, IA 52544

Graveside Service
March 21, 2019

11:00 AM
Highland Cemetery
off green street
Mystic, IA 52574

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