Gust J. Anest July 9, 2021 Gust J. Anest, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed into eternal life on Friday, July 9, 2021. Gust was born on February 16, 1925 in Bridgeport, NE, the son of James and Stavroula (Berles) Anest, the third of nine children. He attended Bridgeport High School, graduating with the class of 1943. Two years following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army, proudly serving our country in the Pacific Theater. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, he returned to the Bridgeport area to begin his career in farming and raising cattle. On November 16, 1947 he was united in marriage to Dena Antonopoulos at The Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Bayard, NE. Their marriage lasted nearly 73 years. She preceded him in death on January 15, 2020. Gust's greatest joy in life was his family, his faith, and his love of the land to which he was an amazing steward. He enjoyed adopting new farming technology and was a lifelong student of his trade. His incredible work ethic and business acumen provided him and his family a foundation that lives today through his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Gust is survived by his three daughters and a son, Stella (Jim) Chingas, Jim (Dina) Anest, Paula (Eric) Wolfe and Tula (Jim) McDougal; grandchildren, Kosta (Trish) Chingas, Constantine (Constance) Anest, Nicholas Anest, Alexios Anest, AJ (Natalie) Wolfe, Jonathan (Mary) Wolfe, Christiana (James) Barabe, and Evan McDougal; and great-grandchildren, Alexander Chingas, Ella Chingas, Demitra Anest, Nikolas Anest, Levi Wolfe, Theo Wolfe, Bailey Wolfe and Liam Wolfe. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Vasilaki Chingas; and brothers, Ted, Pete, Pat , Paul, and Nick. The family wishes to extend our gratitude and appreciation to the following for exceptional compassion and care given to our father in past and recent years: Dr. John Post and staff of Morrill County Hospital, Bridgeport, NE, Riverside Senior Living, Bourbonnais, IL, Dr. Thomas Wroblewski and Staff, Kankakee, IL, Dr. Maytee Boonyapredee, Kankakee, IL, Uplifted Care Group, Miller Rehab at Riverside, and Father Nick Greanias whose prayers and friendship were valued more than can be told. Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at Annuncation Greek Orthodox Church in Kankakee. Interment is at Mound Grove Gardens in Kankakee. Memorial gifts can be made in his name to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Bayard, NE or Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Kankakee, IL. May his memory be eternal!
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Published by The Star-Herald on Jul. 20, 2021.