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A memorial service for Allison C. Kistler (Lt Col, USAF Ret) 94, was held at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday January 26, 2010, at the High Flight Chapel at Air Force Village II, 5100 John D Ryan Blvd., San Antonio, TX.   He died peacefully with family following a coronary embolism with complications at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland AFB, San Antonio.     

Allison Clay Kistler (Al) was born September 15, 1915, to Harry and Dora Boucher Kistler in Findlay, Ohio.  He attended and graduated from Saint Petersburg Junior College and the University of Florida prior to enlisting in the Army Air Corps in World War II.  Al married Helen Catherine Batte on July 13, 1943, and served as a flight instructor at Reno Army Air Base, Reno, Nevada where their son,  A. Clay Kistler, II was born.  Al later taught Air Force ROTC at North Texas State College, Denton, TX and then served in Korea on the 38th parallel as one of the “Mosquitos” during the Korean War.  The family moved many times including to Nagoya, Japan (1954-1957) prior to his serving as a SAC pilot in B-36s and later in B-52s until his retirement in 1967, from the Air Force at Clinton-Sherman AFB, Burns Flat, Oklahoma. 

Kistler then served as a Disability Assessment Officer for the Texas Rehabilitation Commission until he retired again in Austin, TX.  While living in Austin, he enjoyed ranching first in Brady, TX and later in Adamsville near Lampasas where he had places where he could enjoy his hobbies of hunting and fishing.  He and his wife moved into Air Force Village II in San Antonio in 1993. He travelled all over Texas entering events in the Senior Olympics where he received over seventy medals over time. 

He was known for his good sense of humor and his kindness and compassion toward others.  He was devoutly religious, and enjoyed his fellowship with those in his Sunday school class in church at the High Flight Chapel.  He was passionate about Chess and Sudoku, especially during his time at Liberty House assisted living.  

He was preceded in death by his brother, Harry Leroy Kistler; his sister, Luella Kistler Proper; and his daughter-in-law, Margaret Koy Kistler.  He is survived by his son, A. Clay Kistler II of Bellville and his grandson, Daniel Koy Kistler and Daniel’s fiancé, Erin Mackey of Houston, and numerous nephews and nieces. 

Although Al never attended the University of Texas, he established a scholarship for his beloved wife, Helen, and then assisted his son, Clay with the establishment of a scholarship for Clay’s wife, Margaret Koy Kistler at the University.   The scholarships have been established with the Austin County University of Texas Ex-Students Association in their memory.  In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions can be made in Al’s memory to one of the following scholarships, or one of the following organizations, or to the charity of your choice:

The Helen Batte Kistler Scholarship Fund (or The Margaret Koy Kistler Scholarship Fund), Austin County, Texas Exes, c/o Norman Kiecke, 1038 East Hacienda Street, Bellville, TX 77418; Air Force Village II Charitable Fund, 5100 John D. Ryan Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78245-3502; Bellville Hospital Foundation, PO Box 977, Bellville, TX 77418; Bellville ISD Education Foundation, 518 S. Matthews St., Bellville, TX 77418; or Bellville Lions Club, PO Box 1011, Bellville, TX 77418.

Final arrangements were under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, 12029 Hwy. 36 South, P.O. Box 610, Bellville, TX 77418 - (979) 865-2424.


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