Miles Kaste

Miles Kaste, 70, died Sept. 5, 2020, of natural causes at his home in Ketchikan.

He was born on Nov. 14, 1949 in Crookston, Minnesota.

He joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1970. After boot camp, he was stationed in Ketchikan. His fiance, Nancy, followed him from Tacoma, Washington, and they were married in Ketchikan on July 4, 1971. He served in the Coast Guard through 1974.

Mr. Kaste remained in the Ketchikan area. He worked as a contractor; and owned and operated the vessel Westward, packing fish, towing and log salvaging.

He was an avid reader, “retainer of knowledge of many diverse subjects,” and a story teller, his family writes. He was “happiest when lending a helping hand to someone.”

Mr. Kaste was preceded in death by his father, Alton Kaste; mother, Gayle Kaste; brother, Robin; and sister, Lyn.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Kaste; brother-in-law, Tom Gould; sister-in-law, Nikki Kaste; nieces, Shana (Brad) Singletary and Hannah Kaste; grandnieces and grandnephews, Grayson, Marly and Logan; aunt, Joanne Sjol; and numerous cousins.

No services are planned.