ELROY LAWRENCE BASTIAN

Elroy Lawrence Bastian, age 87, a resident of the Lutheran Home and Health Services, was called to his Heavenly Home on Monday, March 16, 2015.

As staff at the nursing home would attest, Elroy and his wife, Audrey, would often be seen holding hands. So it was only fitting that as Elroy passed away, they held hands while Audrey prayed the Lord’s Prayer.

Elroy and Audrey were high school sweethearts. They met while attending Milwaukee Lutheran High School. Elroy graduated early to join the Navy during World War II. He was stationed on the West coast aboard a destroyer tender, the U.S.S. Frontier. Following Elroy’s safe return home, they were engaged while riding on a streetcar, sitting in the same seat they always chose. They were wed at Emmaus Lutheran Church on the beautiful wintry evening of December 28, 1946. They had a daughter, Cheryl, and many years later, a son, Todd.

Elroy began his life in Milwaukee where he was born to Erich and Mildred Bastian on May 20, 1927. He was the little brother to three loving sisters: Jean, Lois and Eileen.

Throughout his life, Elroy primarily worked in the glass business ---first working for others; eventually working alongside his son at their own Plymouth Glass Company. He resided in Milwaukee, Racine, Brookfield, Oshkosh, Elkhart Lake/ Crystal Lake area, Plymouth and Fond du Lac. Being involved in his church, Kiwanis, Lions Club, American Legion, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, etc. were an everyday part of his life. Elroy definitely believed in donating time to community service and to giving assistance to others.

Elroy was a modern day Renaissance man. He was a talented artist who could draw anything. He designed storefronts and buildings with precision before the use of computers. He loved to dance with his wife. They were often the last ones off the dance floor at weddings. He played the piano and can be remembered for playing a simple song that has been learned now by his great-granddaughters. He loved music to the depth of his soul. An avid history buff, he read extensively, especially about the Civil War and World War II. Fishing with his father-in-law and brothers-in-law was a ritual he treasured. Most close to Elroy’s heart was his time with family, especially his long-awaited grandson, Nicholas!

Elroy is survived by his wife, Audrey; daughter, Cheryl Clark; son, Todd (Melanie), granddaughters, Jennifer (Jim) Taylor and Heather (Eric) Reilley; grandson, Nicholas; step-granddaughter, Shani Quinn; step-grandson, Jeff (Patty) Clark; great-granddaughters Allison Taylor, Abigail Taylor, Emily Taylor, Megan Taylor, Lauren Taylor, Katelyn Reilley and Madelyn Reilley;step-grandchildren, Brennan Quinn, Michaela Quinn, Rachel Clark, and Angelina Clark; sister, Eileen Olson; sisters-in-law, Arlene (Wayne) Protzmann, Diana Hollfelder, Elaine (Ronald) Londre, and Kathy Schmoller.

Elroy was preceded in death by: his parents, his sister, Jean and her husband, Syl Greuel; his sister, Lois and her husband,

Vern Wachter; his brothers-in-law, Marvin Olson, Wally Schmoller, and Frank Hollfelder; his son-in-law, Orv Clark, and numerous other beloved family members.

A small private service was held at the Lutheran Home. Burial services will be held at the gravesite in Bayfield, Wisconsin (or as Elroy would refer to Bayfield, “God’s country.”

Zacherl Funeral Home is assisting the family.www.zacherlfuneralhome.com


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