Jerome D. Carstensen was born December 1, 1939 in Mitchell to Leonard and Margaret (Herdman) Carstensen. He grew up and attended Mitchell Public Schools. Jerome served in the National Guard Unit of South Dakota. He was employed as a meat cutter in various markets of South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois, with his retirement years spent in Florida.
He is survived by his three children: Krisanne (Michael) Sawyer, Laura (Donald) Leiting and Chad Carstensen all of Kenosha, WI; two sisters: Patricia (Kenneth) Puepke, Ethan and Kay (Alton) Uttecht, Sioux Falls and five grandchildren: Adam and Andrew Sawyer, Brandon and Kenneth Davidson and Haley Carstensen.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Brent Davidson.