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Lynn R. Kistler, 69, Bemidji, Minnesota, died at 9:15 a.m. Monday, March 5, 2018, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Lynn was born in Greensburg, Indiana, March 11, 1948. He was the son of Delbert and Bonnie (Hockersmith) Kistler.
He graduated from Northwestern High School in 1966 and from Eastern Illinois University, receiving his degree in social work. On Sept. 8, 1973, he married Marie Joann Schlachter in Indianapolis, Indiana. She survives.
Lynn served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He previously resided in Kokomo, Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana, and Lerna, Illinois, and had resided in Bemidji, Minnesota, since 1984. Lynn worked as an addiction counselor. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, camping, and canoeing and being with friends and family. He especially loved to spend time with his grandchildren. Lynn touched many lives and was loved by all.
Surviving are his spouse, Marie Kistler, Bemidji; father, Delbert Kistler, Kokomo; children, Dawn M. Kistler Iannone (Basil V. Iannone III), Gainesville, Florida, and Michael B. Kistler (Brandy L. ), Concord, North Carolina; siblings, David Kistler and Linda Kistler, both of Kokomo; five grandchildren, Ann-Marie Iannone, Amrie Kistler, Julian Kistler, Michael Lynn Kistler, and Shawna Marie Kistler.
Lynn was preceded in death by his mother, Bonnie (Hockersmith) Kistler.
Services will be at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, 401 N. Third St., Suite 290, Minneapolis, MN 55401 or Face it Together Bemidji, 408 Beltrami Ave., Suite 100, Bemidji, MN 56601.Online condolences may be made at www.gradyfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 9, 2018
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