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In 2004 Von sent these photos taken of him at various ages ...
Von 1940 and 1990
Von 1957 and 1959
... and these of him and his wife, Marilyn.

Von and Marilyn - 2003

Von and Marilyn traveling - 2002 and 2003

Von at the 50th Southeast Reunion - 2004

Von Passed Away on April 3, 2010
A note from Von's daughter
"Saturday, April 3rd my father passed away.  He had been doing as well as expected up until a few days ago.  I was in Dallas and my mom phoned me yesterday to ask if I could fly in before Monday.  I was able to book a flight for this morning and landed at 10:30 a.m.  A friend of my Mom and Dad picked me up at the airport and got me to the care center by 11:00.  My mom and I were by Dad's side holding his hands as he passed at about 12:15.  He left us peacefully and knew that he was not alone. Mom and I both know he is where he is supposed to be and that brings comfort to us.
I am grateful that the staff gave my mom guidance and knowledge during the last 24-48 hours.  I am thankful that I did not miss this last chance to see him and that she and I were there by his side.  He has been well cared for and attended to over the last month and a half at each facility.  Thank you all for the numerous thoughts and prayers.  Family and friends are so important and I see the outpouring and it warms my heart.  I know my mom has a strong network and I know she will get through this difficult time because of people like you."
Von's Life
Von was born in Kansas City, Missouri on August 17, 1936.  He was the only child to Fredric and Leta Kistler. He grew up with (3) close cousins, all of which were only children.
He graduated from Southeast High School in Kansas City, Missouri in 1954, and received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Purdue University, where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.  Von continued his education and went on to receive a Master of Science in Physics from the University of Wisconsin in 1960 and a Master of Art in Astronomy from the University of California at Los Angeles .
Von began his career at Atomics International as a nuclear physicist from 1958-1965.  He then followed a long career with Pacific Bell/AT&T which initially took him and his family from coast to coast.  The family moved to San Diego in 1974 and remained in El Cajon for 36 years.  Von was with Pacific Bell from 1965-1994 when he retired as the Regional Manager of Network Engineering.
Von met Marilyn Grider back in 1959 while she was on vacation in California.  Marilyn graduated from Central High School also in 1954. They married in 1960 going to California to begin their life together.  They were married 49 1/2 years.  Von and Marilyn had a son, Kyle, and daughter, Kirsten, after 10 years of marriage.  Kirsten married her husband Scott and together they and gave Von (2) granddaughters, Chloe and Madeleine.  Von was preceded in death by his son, Kyle. Von was active in tennis, golf, choir, concerts and a close friend to many people.
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