THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Gerald Francis Bastian
Issue Date: January 13, 2021
Gerald Francis Bastian, 78, of Deerfield, passed away Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 after a long courageous battle with cancer.
Born Dec. 5, 1942, in Menominee, Mi., to Mark and Myrtle (Klaver) Bastian, he graduated from Marinette Catholic Central High School in 1961 and Spencerian Business College in Milwaukee in 1965. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
He married Patricia Mahle on April 26, 1969 at St. Jude's Catholic Church in Beloit and worked as a machinist for MPI International, retiring in January 2012. A member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, he was a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, served as treasurer for American Legion, was a member of the Village Board and of the Jaycees during the building of Jaycee Park in Deerfield. He also volunteered at Madison VA Hospital.
A very involved family man, he enjoyed woodworking and making craft gifts for his family including toys, jewelry, furniture, puzzles and much more. He loved attending the farmers market and traveling to his favorites of Branson, Mo. and Florida. He went to Rome, six countries in Europe, several cruises including Alaska and Canada, where he enjoyed fishing and being in nature and hunting.
A fan of Nascar racing, he also watched local races, was a huge Packers fan and told stories about sneaking into the stadium, but was really selling beer in the late 50's early 60's so he could enjoy the games and make some money while he did it.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; two sons, Mark (Mary) Bastian and Michael Bastian; four grandchildren; a sister, Rosie (Danny) Leslie and a brother-in-law, Terry (Donna) Mahle.
His parents preceded him in death.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date. Memorials can be made to Knights of Columbus Disaster Fund. Gunderson Funeral Home of Madison is assisting the family. Online condolences can be made at www.gundersonfh.com