Donald Kirste

August 26, 1948 - February 12, 2020

Donald Kirste, 71, a resident of Cape Coral, FL, formerly of Fox Lake, IL, passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2020 in Cape Coral. He was born August 26,1948 in Dallas, TX to Donald and Johanna Egan (Freeman), now deceased. 

Donald was of the Lutheran faith. He was an avid boater, cook, coach, father, grandfather and was known well for his full head of hair. Donald always had a certain wit about him and had a love for life.

He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Marilyn Kirste of Cape Coral; five children, Jason Kirste of Las Vegas, NV, Eric Kirste (Alisa) of Prospect Heights, IL, Paul Vogel (Lorie) of Johnsburg, IL, Tom Vogel of Silver Lake, WI and Nicole Kersten of Cape Coral; one sister, Gale Hill (Richard) of Ironwood, MI; one brother, Mark Kirste of Springfield, MO; as well as nine grandchildren.

No formal services are planned at this time.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Donald Kirste are suggested to The American Heart Association, 28441 Bonita Crossings Blvd., Bonita Springs, FL 34135.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Michael Martorano Feb 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Don. my old dear friend I was so upset and sorry to hear about your passing. It was amazing that you called me out of the blue about a month or so ago just to catch up and talk. So sorry we never got to meet again but as we say in Italian ariverderci …not good bye but we shall meet again.

  2. Debbie Wills Feb 18, 2020 at 12:21 am

    Don I know you are boating with those that left before you. I will always remember the great times we all had. The world here has lost a good hearted and fun loving soul. Even though it has been years since we where all together I will always remember them. Till we meet again.

  3. Nicole Kersten Feb 18, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Dad…you are the best father and daddy anyone could ever ask for..I miss you with all my heart and soul…I promise you that i will take care of mom till you meet in heaven..and dont forget to save a seat for me right next to you and mom…i love u dad for ever….love your daughter Nykki

  4. Gale Hill Feb 18, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    My Brother Don
    You are flying with the Angels
    Your time here with us was Blessed.
    Our Hearts will miss you. God knows Best!
    Your work hear was done and time to rest!
    No more pain, only JOY!
    Give Mom a hug for me .
    Watch over us till we meet again.

    love you Always Gale

  5. Jorge & Meg Ortiz Feb 19, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    We will never forget your kindness, fun-loving spirit and generosity to so many. May you rest in peace. Marilyn, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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