Charles-Bast-Obituary

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Charles Homer Bast

Roanoke Valley, Virginia

Aug 7, 1914 - May 20, 2013

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Coach Bast made it possible for me to go to college. He opened that door when I and my Mother went to Roanoke College at the start of summer of 1955 to find out what it would take to get me in the college. He laid out the ground workout that required me to go to summer school to get a full year of geometry in 6 weeks. Coach also made it possible to get some financial help to get me started if I could reach the goal he had set. I accomplished that task and was in Roanoke College that fall....

Dear Homer, What a wonderful life you lived. To have been an influence, an inspiration, and father figure to so many is truly astounding. I have thanked you all my life and will remember you until I too pass. George Planavsky

I have many fond memories of this kind and wonderful man. I grew up knowing him since I was a third grader about 1960. His son, Steve is still my best friend from those days long ago. Homer taught us so much about running but more importantly he taught about life and being kind to your fellow man. I was so fortunate to visit with him on a recent trip back to Salem. May the Bast family be comforted knowing he is resting in peace. Pat Blackwell, Corvallis, Or.

Mr. Bast had a great influence on my life.His encouragement and faith in me have always stayed with me.He was my Mentor, teacher, coach and most of all friend. I will always keep him and his family in my prayers.RIP Coach.

Mike, Steve, and Family,
Nancy and I were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your Dad. He was a great man and a true patriot and gentleman. I miss your Mom, as well, and the many kindnesses they both showed me as we grew up together. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Best to all, Jim and Nancy Archer

He was mmy mentor, role model, and a second father. He inspired me from the moment I stepped on the Roanoke campus until now. I am a better man because of him. May God's perpetual light shine on Coach. +

He is home now... Remembering a great man, an advisor, a mentor to all and me

COACH BAST'S DEATH IS A MOST DEVESTATING LOSS FOR MYSELF AND AM CERTAIN LOTS OF OTHERS WHO ADRMIRED HIM FOR THE GREAT PERSON HE WAS. DURING MY TIME AT THE COLLEGE HE WAS MY HISTORY PROFESSOR AND COACH IN TRACK AND CROSS COUNTRY BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING HE WAS A MENTOR FOR ME AND FILLED A NEED OF DESPERATION FOR A FATHER SINCE MY OWN HAD DIED BEFORE I EVEN KNEW HIM. COACH BAST WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST HUMAN BEINGS IT HAS BEEN MY PLEASURE TO HAVE KNOWN AND THE WORLD WAS FORTUNATE FOR HIS...

So so sorry to hear bout Mr Bast I was a caregiver whom cared for him an Mrs Bast I fell head over hills with the two an family it broke my heart that Mrs Bast pass an left Homer alone..he was a strong man and lived a wonderful life until God called him home.. ur truly missed by plenty an loved by many...my condolences to ur lovely family... Rip Homer Bast

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Retired professor Emeritus Charles Homer Bast of Roanoke College and Salem died May 20, 2013, at his home in Salem, VA. He was preceded in death on June 2, 2008, by his wife of 66 years, Mary Jane Lightner Bast and grandson Matthew Lee Bast on March 4, 1986. He is survived by sons Michael Keene...

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