|Birth: ||Apr. 24, 1925|
|Death: ||Apr. 24, 2010|
Dr. Armand Joseph Bastin, 84, Huffman Mill Road and Boca Raton, Fla., died at 3:05 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 2010, at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, following a brief illness.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with the Rev. John Thomas officiating.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hughart and Beard Funeral Home, Hopkinsville. A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. (See story on Page A1.)
A native of Vincennes, Ind., he was born Oct. 24, 1925, the son of the late Armand Julian and Catherine Elizabeth Hess Bastin.
He was an optometrist for 55 years and was owner of Bastin Optometric Clinic.
He was a member of S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, St. Stephen Parish, Cadiz, and St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Boca Raton.
He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran who served with the rank of staff sergeant as a flight engineer and top turret gunner from 1943 until 1945.
He flew 32 missions in B-24 bombers and served missions in the Polesti Romania oil refineries, aircraft plants in Austria and at Munich Germany Air Base where he encountered the Messerschmitt 262, the first jet aircraft ever seen.
Fifty-two percent of his squadron was either killed or captured as prisoners of war during combat.
He was the recipient of two Presidential Unit Citations with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the French and Greek victory medals.
He was among those instrumental in organizing the Western Kentucky Fair and establishing the fairgrounds, and was a director of Planters Bank and Nations Bank. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Rotary Student Loan Fund, and, as a student at Indiana University, was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
In 1997, he was named Hopkinsville-Christian County Man of the Year and was a member and past president of the Young Chamber of Commerce and the Hopkinsville-Christian County Jaycees.
He was a former exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge.
His first wife, Phyllis Mary Bastin, died in 1988.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Elizabeth Glover Bastin; two sons, Dr. Robert J. Bastin, Trigg County, Armand Joseph Bastin Jr., Christian County; two daughters, Bonnie Bastin Haney, Lisa Bastin Smith, both of Christian County; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the SS. Peter and Paul stained glass fund.
Created by: Edith Bastin
Record added: Sep 18, 2010
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