Theodore “Ben” Bastian, 94, surrounded by his family went to be with his Lord and Savior April 5, at his home in Burns.
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He was born December 30, 1924 in Cheyenne to Theodore Wesley and Lela Bledsoe Bastian. He grew up on a ranch near Burns and graduated from Burns High School in 1942. Ben was a Purple Heart recipient while serving in the European Theater during WWII.
He married Bonnie Gaston on September 5, 1945. They spent their lives in the ranching and farming business. They enjoyed bowling, square dancing, and couples bridge club. Ben and Bonnie wintered in Florida for several years. They especially loved spending time with their family.
He is a Past Master of the Masonic Lodge 41 in Burns and was a member of the order of the Eastern Star 47. He was a lifelong member of the Burns Presbyterian Church.
Ben is survived by children, Ted Bastian (Jeanette) of Burns, Suzanne Smith of Cheyenne, and Jeff Bastian (Gloria) of Garland, Texas; grandchildren, Curt Bastian (Concitta) of Burns, Lori Romsa (Scott) of Burns, Mike Smith (Stephanie Irwin) of Wellington, Colorado, Robin Lockman (Rex) of Cheyenne, and Zachary Bastian (Ariel Earls) of Little Elm, Texas; seven great- grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Bonnie, and his parents, and son-in-law Glenn Smith.
He was very kind and patient and will be missed by all his family and friends.
Funeral Services with military honors will be 11:00 a.m. Friday in the Lakeview Chapel at Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home with a reception to follow in the Schrader Reception Center.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Burns Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 246, Burns, WY 82053.