Aug 15, 1922---Jan 12, 2023

Joseph (Joe) C. Kuestersteffen, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, 100, of Overland Park, Kansas passed away January 12th, 2023. Joe was born the oldest of 12 children on August 15th, 1922 to Gerhardt and Margaret Kuestersteffen in Piqua, Kansas. 

Joe was a kind, loving and gentle man throughout his life. He smiled easily and loved greatly. He could rock any baby to sleep with his calm and loving nature. His hobbies included gardening, reading, and doing crossword puzzles. He was dearly loved by his children and will be missed terribly. 

Joe had a long career with Bendix Corporation and retired in 1988 after working there for 37+ years as a Systems Analyst. He served his country in WWII with the 461st Bombardment Group as a bombardier pilot. He received many military awards for his services. Joe had a Master's Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor's Degree in Physics.

Joe is survived by his children; John T. Kuestersteffen and partner Tim Lambert of Merriam, Kansas, Mary Ann Kuestersteffen of Spring Hill, Kansas, Jeanne (Kevin) Boyer of Lenexa, Kansas and Lisa Llyod of Arlington, Texas. His grandchildren; Alexandra Kuestersteffen and partner Jason Salinetro (Waltner), Kyle (Becca Weber) Kuestersteffen, Jeremy (Lee) Adkins, Julie Adkins, Christopher (Rachel) Lloyd, Thomas Lloyd, Michael (Christy) Lloyd, Phil Lloyd, and Aaron Florez. His great-grandchildren; Kane Kuestersteffen, Knox Kuestersteffen, Kalix, Kuestersteffen, Ethan Adkins, Amelia Lloyd, James Lloyd, Elycia Florez, Austin Medrano, and Jolene Florez. His brother Charles (Sheila) Kuestersteffen, many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley Kuestersteffen, his parents Gerhardt and Margaret Kuestersteffen and ten of his siblings.

A visitation will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, January 17th, 2023 with a Mass of Christian Burial following at 11:30 am at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Shawnee, Kansas. Burial will follow the service at Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa, Kansas.



Condolences

Lisa Vogan (Call) Jan 13, 2023

MaryAnn, My sincerest condolences for you and your family at this time. With love, Lisa Vogan (Call)

Bev Hoff Jan 13, 2023

Niece ,St. Louis ,Missouri

Some of my earliest memories involve Uncle Joe and Aunt Shirley. He was quiet, but quick with a funny remark when least expected. They lived in a beautiful home with a screened porch, arched doorways and bedrooms with all kinds of nooks and closets to play in. The back yard was three times the size of a subdivision yard, and he enjoyed gardening in it. I'm sure they are together now; we'll miss them both. Our thoughts and prayers to John, MaryAnn and Jeannie, and the extended family members too numerous to mention. Hold tight to the memories and treasure them.

Corey Springer Jan 13, 2023

Friend

I’m sorry for your loss

Patti Daylong Jan 14, 2023

Family friend and mother/grandmother of a grandson/grandchildren ,Gravois Mills ,Missouri

Peaceful is the word that comes to mind when I think of Joe. Gentle and soft-spoken are two more adjectives that fit like a glove. He was always so quiet. And Shirley was not, lol. What a beautiful pairing it was, of two wonderful people. I hadn't seen him for well over 10-15 years, but it was a blessing to have known him. Both he and Shirley will forever hold a dear place in my heart. Sending warm prayers for peace and comfort on the healing journeys of his children and the rest of his loving family.

Tim Ecton Jan 15, 2023

Godson ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

I knew Joe and his family my entire life and consider them family to this day. Our folks grew up together, were in each other's weddings including my own, and Joe was my godfather. I always felt at home in their house whether it was at the lake or the family's home in Merriam. Joe and Shirley's love of family and strong faith always shone through their personalities and gave them an unconditional love of family and friends. My prayers continue for them and the family. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

Manolete J Garcia Jan 17, 2023

Family Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

I was proud to have known Joe Kuestersteffen a member of “The Greatest Generation” that came of age during the Great Depression and later fought to defend Democracy from Fascism. They are the World War II Generation. As a group, this generation persevered through the difficult times brought on by economic stress and war. The result was a generation that knew how to withstand hardship and built a better world because of it. They are still remembered for their bravery and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Joe, you had a life well lived.

bill murray Jan 24, 2023

Piqua descendant ,Kansas city ,Kansas

I wanted to offer the family my condolences on the passing away of Joe. While I did not know him personally, I heard my father speak of him and the Kuestersteffen family on many occasions. My father always had a hard time pronouncing the last name for some reason. My father was Lawrence "Everett" Murray and grew up around and in Piqua. My grandfather was Alvin Murray and my grandmother was Elizabeth Bux Murray. They lived across from the Kof C hall in town starting in the fifties.

Services

Event:
Visitation
Location:
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
Address:
12800 W 75th Street
City:
Shawnee
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66216
Date:
Jan 17, 2023
Time:
10:30 AM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
Address:
12800 W 75th Street
City:
Shawnee
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66216
Date:
Jan 17, 2023
Time:
11:30 AM
Google Map: