LYONS/SODUS - Rodney E. Bastian, Sr., 67, passed away Saturday (March 3, 2012) in Tampa, Florida.
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Family and friends may call Friday (March 9) from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Weeks-Keysor Funeral Home, 5 Phelps St., Lyons, where a funeral service will be held Saturday (March 10) at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at South Lyons Cemetery with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camp Good Days and Special Times, PO Box 665, Mendon, N.Y. 14506 or to a charity of another choice.
Rodney was born in Lyons, a son to the late Emerson and Dorothy Donnelly Bastian. He was an area farmer, Rail Road worker, and was Chief Lock Operator in Lyons for the NYS Waterways until his retirement in 1999. HE was a Vietnam veteran of the Army for the first Cavalry 98th Division. While in combat Rodney received three purple hearts, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars, two Air Medals, two Commemorative Medals, two Over Seas Bars, Sharp Shooter for M14s, M16s and M60s, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm. Many years after the Vietnam Conflict Rodney enlisted in the Army Reserves teaching young recruits for the 98th Division. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cycling, spending winters in Florida and mostly spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife Gail of 39 years; sons, William (Sheila) of Webster, Rodney II (Charlott) of Palmyra; brother, Jarvis (Cathy) Bastian of N.C.; sisters, Donnalee Fernaays of Ore., and Bonita (Allen) Legott of Wolcott; 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and good friends.
He was predeceased by his sister, Sharon Bastian and nephew, Lance Cornwell.
Published in Finger Lakes Times from Mar. 8 to Mar. 10, 2012