Bittles & Hurt Funeral Home

602 East Washington Street, Greencastle, IN


James Thomas Bastian

August 21, 1949May 19, 2019

James Thomas Bastian, 69, of Greencastle passed away Sunday, May 19, 2019, at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis.

James was born in Berea, Ohio on August 21, 1949, the son of Robert and Ruth Ann Bastian, and was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. He attended college at Penn State University for two years.

Mr. Bastian had worked at B and W Steel Corporation for 10 years then worked at Evergreen for 2 years before working as a Manager for Charming Shops for 28 years. When Charming Shops changed to Ascena Retail he continued his employment there until his retirement in 2016. Even after retirement James continued to work for the Department of Natural Resources until his health forced him to stop. James was a member of Moose Lodge #1592, Elks Lodge #1077, and American Legion Post #58. He was an avid Steelers fan, and loved to play golf and spend time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years Jerri Bastian; six children Amber Hudspath, (Jamie), Lisa Affori, (Saif), Kelli Parr, (Robert), Shelli York, (Rick), Amber Taylor, (Joe) and Trevor Teal; twelve grandchildren, Devon, Joy, Maci, Nate, Cameron, Isaiah, Zach, Bree, Madison, Josh, Brooke, and Brittney; a great-granddaughter, Adalynn; a sister, LuAnne Massey, (John); two brothers, Thomas and Robert Bastian; a niece, Katie; a nephew, Joe and a special friend, Karen Bastian.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A visitation will take place on Sunday, May 26, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be held after the visitation at the Moose Lodge from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. A cremation will take place at a later date.

Memories may be shared with the family at www.BittlesandHurt.com.


  • Visitation Sunday, May 26, 2019
  • A Celebration of Life Sunday, May 26, 2019


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Jenny Hurst Sparks

May 29, 2019

I spent a lot of time in Jim & Jerri's house during the junior high and high school years. Jim was always laughing and was always in a good mood. So sorry for Jerri and family to read of his passing. I will be thinking of all of you. Sending love and hugs.

Sandy Greenwell

May 26, 2019

My husband Dave and I are sending our deepest condolences to you Jerri and your family on the loss of Jim. Dave knew him from golfing especially in bologna opening. I knew him from working with him at Fashion Bug/Charming Shoppes. He was a great boss and wonderful human being. I was so fortunate to have known him. RIP Jim.

Luanne Massey

May 23, 2019

My dear sweet brother Jim...Cant imagine life without you. Always would be so excited to see your smiling face when I came home. Thank you for being the best big brother anyone could ask for. So glad we had a bit of time together last fall. Hope you are having a great golf game with mom and dad. Love you forever...Lulu

Phillip Sosebee

May 23, 2019

I've known Jim for 25 plus years. But the last few we became very good friends. We played golf together every chance we got . Which was alot. He loved being on the course. I miss him being out there playing. It's just not the same .

Dennis Manning

May 22, 2019

Rest in Paradise. You have earned it my friend. Sadly missed

Susan Morini

May 22, 2019

To Jim’s family my heart goes out to you.
We didn’t see each other after high school but I so looked forward to our class reunion he was the first person I would look for.
He was a kind and thoughtful man always made u smile.
You will be missed....

Janice Zona Sniezek

May 22, 2019

RIP Jim, I graduated from high school and was a friend of Jims. I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to Jerri and children. I have been keeping up with Jim on FB and at class reunions. He was a gem, and had the ability to make you laugh and feel good! He will be sadly missed. Sincerely,
Janice Sniezek

Selinda Brown

May 21, 2019

Sorry for your lost !! Jim was one the only boss that really looked out for me ! And Jerri stood right behind him ! Truly missed and Blessed to know such a good man Love u Jerri Sorry for your family's loss 🙏

Jerry Prestopine

May 21, 2019

A great friend. Had many good times together in Ellwood City. Memories forever.
RIP Rim!

Kathy Garrison

May 21, 2019

I have been friends with Luanne for 40+ years and remember meeting her family and Jim for the first time. I was immediately struck by Jim's calm and welcoming demeanor and love for his family. I will always remember his sense of humor...he was a guy that was comfortable in his own skin and made others comfortable as well. The day he walked Luanne down the aisle on her wedding day was a day and vision that shall forever remain in my mind and heart. While he will be sadly missed it brings great comfort knowing that he is at home with his Mother and Father and family he so dearly loved. Wishing Jerri, Luanne and families peace and comfort in the memories and stories to carry in their hearts until they are joined together again. God Bless. Love, Kathy