Kenneth Lenz Bast, 86, of Findlay passed away at 10:55 p.m. Friday (July 5, 2013) at his residence after a long battle with cancer. A funeral service honoring his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 10 at the Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Findlay with the Rev. Tom Compton officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday July 9 at the Lockart-Green Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Findlay Cemetery, Findlay with military rites.
Mr. Bast was born February 19, 1927 in Petersburg, Illinois the son of Jacob and Marie (Lenz) Bast. He was united in marriage to Iris Littleford in Lebanon, Indiana, on December 8, 1989, and she survives.
He was a graduate of Petersburg High School and later became a Certified Public Accountant through the University of Illinois. In 1975 he attended the Indiana University Indianapolis Law School, graduating with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree and practiced law in Mattoon until his retirement in 1995.
Along with his loving wife, Iris, of 23 years, he is survived by his daughters: Claire (Rick) Eads of Isle of Palms, South Carolina, Elizabeth (Charles) Wyke-Smith of Daniels Island, South Carolina, son: Douglas (Julia) Bast of Maitland, Florida, step-son: Jim (Karen) Littleford of Charleston, Illinois, brother: Richard (Marilyn) Bast of Thorntown, Indiana, sister: Patricia Birlingmair of Lexington, Illinois, grandchildren: Meredith and Clark Eads, Jemma and Lucy Wyke-Smith, Brittany, Brent and Nicholas Bast, step-grandchildren: James, Reid, Sydnie, Shae Littleford and Jamie Lynch, several great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ken attended the United Methodist Church, Findlay. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a past member of the American Legion, Moose Club, Elks Club, Findlay City Council and Coles-Cumberland Bar Association. Earlier in life he was an accomplished auctioneer and raised award winning hogs (Durocs). A talented musician on the piano and organ, he entertained on his clavinova throughout Central Illinois. Also an avid woodworker, he enjoyed playing bridge and rooting for the Indiana Hoosiers!
The family wished to thank Harbor Lights Hospice, Mary Cain, Dr. Fritz, and Dr. Esparaz.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to Harbor Lights Hospice or Donorís choice.