Major Robert A. Vostry (ret.)

September 6, 1937November 4, 2011


Robert A. Vostry of Chandler, Arizona, died November 4, 2011, after fighting brain cancer for over a year. He was 74.

Vostry was born in Berwyn, IL, on September 6, 1937. He graduated from Morton High School and received his BS from Stetson University, DeLand, FL.

Vostry enlisted in the USMC in 1961, commissioned the same year, and served until 1972. During his three tours of Vietnam, Vostry served as a company commander, battalion operations officer, and advisor. He joined the California National Guard in 1978 as a specialist and attained the rank of Sgt. Major until his retirement in 1997. In the Guard he served in armor; and the last ten years of duty, Vostry served as operations Sgt. Major of the Aviation Brigade, 40th ID.

Vostry’s military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4 stars), Army Achievement Medal, three Presidential Unit Citations, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal, two National Defense Medals, Humanitarian Service Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and NCO Professional Development Ribbons with the numeral 5.

Vostry was a minor league player from 1958-1961. He played for the Kansas City A’s and Chicago White Sox organizations. His best year was 1959 in Plainview, TX, with numbers of: .290/20/96.

Vostry was a scout for the Montreal Expos in the Central California area from 1997 to 2000. After moving to Arizona, he was a scout for the Florida Marlins from 2001 to present.

Vostry played and managed various all-Marine teams during 1963-1964 and 1968-1969. He also started against the 1964 Olympic Baseball Team.

Vostry also enjoyed many years playing with men’s baseball teams and competed for over a decade in the Men’s Senior Baseball League World Series in Phoenix, AZ, and Ft. Myers, FL.

He resided in California most of his life, moving to the Phoenix area in 2000. Vostry is survived by his wife, Yvonne; one daughter, Vonnie (and Mike) Casalegno of Long Beach, CA; one son, Robert, Jr. (and Kasey) Vostry of Elk Grove, CA; and four young grandsons.

Arrangements under the direction of Valley of the Sun Mortuary & Cemetery, Chandler, AZ.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 12, 2011

Major Robert A. Vostry (ret.)

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Jennifer Billalba-Koretoff

November 18, 2011

I have the most wonderful memories of high school being welcomed into the Vostry home. Mr. V loved his family, the military and especially baseball. He was a man amongst men and respected by all.

John Grauer

November 16, 2011

I was in the Commo Section for HHC 40th Avn Bde when Sgt.Major Vostry was in the unit. I considered him to be the finest Sgt.Major that I've ever served under.His love of being a soldier and loving soldiers led all in HHC 40th avn bde to have nothing but the highest respect for him and all that he did in his military career. Thank you Sgt.Major Vostry , I will miss you greatly,Until the last formation.

Aaron Odenbaugh

November 16, 2011

Sgt.Major Vostry you will be missed.I will never foreget all you taught me!Until we meet again in the final formation.Spec.Aaron D. Odenbaugh Byrnedale,Pa.

November 11, 2011

Thank You for your Service to the Country and your Dedication to Baseball.
Jerry Mora (Prescott,Az)

Rodney Johnson

November 11, 2011

Bob was a baseball man through and through. He was the vice president of the Arizona chapter of the Society for American Baseball Reseach (SABR) and always a willing contributor. He was no-nonsense about today's players and rejected the Money-Ball mentality. Bob, pointing to his heart, would say "It's whats in here that makes a great ballplayer." Our local SABR chapter will dearly miss Bob at our local meetings. God bless and rest in peace.