Frank E. Bastian

September 10, 1929January 8, 2021

Frank E. Bastian, age 91 of Dorr, went to be with the Lord Friday, January 8, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and C. Adeline Bastian; and his wife of 69 years, Marilyn Stigers Bastian. He is survived by their daughter, Mary; son, Paul Bastian; granddaughter, Rachel Taylor; two great-grandchildren Charlie and Bastian; sister-in-law, Marge Stigers; two nieces, one nephew, and their families.

Frank followed in his father’s footsteps and spent his entire life on the family farm, which was established by his paternal grandfather in 1861. He attended the Sproat School for his elementary education; the land for this school was donated by his maternal great-grandfather. Frank graduated from Wayland Union High School, attended Grand Rapids Junior College, and Ferris State University. He began his career as a mechanic in Byron Center and later at the Salem Co-operative in Dorr. He drove school bus for Dorr before becoming the transportation mechanic and supervisor for Wayland. He established the automotive mechanics program for Wayland. He left Wayland when the Kent Skills Center opened. Frank taught there for 13 years, then he retired back to the scene of his roots, the family farm in Dorr.

He and Marilyn were inducted into the Wayland Union alumni hall of fame and received an award for the Dorr Township citizen of the year.

Private family services will be held Saturday, January 16, 2021 at the Kubiak-Cook Funeral Home. The family welcomes memories and messages in their online guestbook at Memorial contributions in Frank’s honor may be made to a local charity of one’s choice.


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Bonnie Ter Meer

January 17, 2021

To Paul and Mary, You have my deepest sympathy in the passing of your mom and dad I will always remember him as a strict bus driver and friend, My mother and I always loved our visits when they came home for the summer, will be greatly missed.
Bonnie Termeer
Marjorie Drier

Bill Pullen

January 15, 2021

BLESSINGS for my favorite cousin, Frank, gone to rejoin his Dear Wife Marilyn, couldn't live without her. Together again in God's Special Place after 70 years of great service to humanity by both. Now there are only two of us cousins left, Dan Bigelow and me.

Ron Corson

January 15, 2021

Mr Bastian was one of the best instructors at Kent Skills center.I enjoyed his classes.

Paul and Lucy Kaczanowski

January 15, 2021

Dear Mary and Paul
So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing so soon after your Mom. As difficult as it is for you folks, I don’t think either one would have done well without their partner. I have many memories of your Dad helping me with my ‘48 Ford pick up and my’51 Chevy coupe. They will always have a special place in my heart.

Marie Whittemore

January 14, 2021

My brother Ray Wagner (deceased now for ten years) was best man at Frank and Marilyn’s wedding. My condolences to the family.

Peter Van Dussen

January 14, 2021

Dear Mary and Paul,

So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. In my high school years your dad and I spent many hours at your house restoring my 1938 Chevy. I will not forget the "1960 end of the year Dorr school bus trip" to Saugatuck, MI.

Your parents were such great friends to me and my wife.

Peter and Chris Van Dussen