He was born on Sept. 5, 1934, in St. Paul to Otto and Susie (Brainard) Kiister. He grew up and attended school in St. Paul, where he graduated from St. Paul High School and later earned an associate’s degree from Neosho County Community College in Chanute.
For a time, he worked at Ewen Motors and Hy-Grade Construction before joining the U.S. Army. While serving his country during World War II, he was stationed in Berlin, Germany, where he met and married Renate Rux. They later divorced.
Upon his honorable discharge as a disabled veteran, he returned to St. Paul, where he worked at Hy-Grade Construction. In 1986, he began his own auto mechanic business and also farmed five miles west of Oswego.
He was a member of Bartlett Christian Church, Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion in Parsons, American Model Airplane Association and Senior Citizens Bowling League in Parsons. He especially enjoyed nature, being outdoors, flying model airplanes and bowling.
He married Goldie (Reed) Addis on Dec. 23, 1986, in Miami, Okla. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include three sons, Lonie Addis and his wife, Crystal, and Donie Addis, all of Oswego, and Pernell Addis and his wife, Jeanie, of Belmont, Calif.; a daughter, Edie (Addis) Russell and her husband, Jerry, of Chetopa; seven grandchildren, Karmel Puzzuoli of Battle Creek, Mich., Rye Addis and his wife, Ke’olani, of Oronogo, Mo., Amber Hayslip and her husband, Michael, of Pittsburg, Blaire Seigel and her husband, Josh, of Carl Junction, Mo., Amy Addis of Sedan, Jerad Russell of Kansas City, Mo., and Markle Addis of Belmont, Calif.; five great-grandchildren, Stella and A.J. Puzzuoli, Kaitlin and Kale Hayslip and Alexis Seigel; and a sister, Millie Johnson, of St. Paul.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Amel; a sister, Beulah Kueffler; a granddaughter, Jenny, in 1997; and a great-grandson, Boyce, in 1996.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bartlett Christian Church. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery near St. Paul. Friends may call at their convenience at Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont after 9 a.m. Monday.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.