The Kastendieck/Keast/Hayes Families of Missouri.Updated March 29, 2005
I met Dorothy Ruth Kastendieck in the fall of 1944. She was an 18 year old student going to school at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri. Dot was a petite young lady. “Dot” was the a.k.a. I bestowed on her only minutes after we met. I was a 19 year old soldier stationed at Camp Crowder Missouri near the town of Neosho and about 80 miles from Springfield. I was fortunate enough not to be shipped overseas for combat duty and we saw each other on the weekends. We were engaged and I was discharged from the army in May of 1946. We were married three months later on August 31, 1946. It was a short honeymoon at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, Texas and on to College Station where I re-enrolled at Texas A&M University to complete my Electrical Engineering degree. We enjoyed a wonderful life with a motto of “We’ll do it together”. After 55 beautiful years of togetherness Dot went to be with her Maker in eternity.
Since her passing I have spent much of my time in researching the Reynolds Family Tree. In memory of my beloved Dot I am developing this edition for the Kastendieck Family Tree and for those families related through marriage.
Research of the Kastendieck tree has taken me back to George Dietrich Kastendieck (1861) in New York and to such family ties as George Lord Keast (1839) in England, Arthur Ashmore (1865) in England, John Hockin (1857) in England, John Logan (1837) Tennessee and William Richard Hayes (1828) Tennessee. Any leads to the ancestors of these families would be appreciated.