June 16, 1929-Aug. 25, 2013
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Eugene Burton Hastings went to our Lord on Aug. 25, 2013 after a brief illness.
He was known as "Burt" to friends and family, born to Edward and Mary Hastings. He was raised in Dillon, Mont. to the age of 16 and soon after entered the U.S. Navy, stationed in China Lake, Calif. In Bozeman, he met the love of his life, Betty Turner and they married July 3, 1953, making their home in Bozeman. Burt was a petroleum transport driver providing for a family of six children until his retirement in 1991. Burt and Betty then traveled the country until making their new life in Lake Havasu, Ariz. in 1999.
In his younger years he was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and spending time with family at Canyon Ferry Lake, Mont. He enjoyed playing cards with friends, golfing, and men's bible study; was an avid reader, and had a love for history. He also was past master of Masonic Lodge #6, patron of Lily of the Valley #4, and volunteered time with the Meals on Wheels Program.
He is survived by wife of 60 years, Betty; daughters, Christine, Kathleen and Sydnie; sons, Gary (Joan), Jay (Kathryn), Philip (Shalisha) Hastings; 22 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
A memorial service will be held at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m., a reception will follow. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations in memory of Burt Hastings to Hospice of Havasu, Polidori House, PO Box 597, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86405. Thoughts and condolences can be sent to Eugene's family at 3425 Yavapai Dr., Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 8, 2013