John Bastian Death – Local Hermantown Skier John Bastian has died. He sadly passed away at the age of 63 on Friday 24th February 2023 following a medical emergency during the Korteloppet. He was announced dead by Duluth Trail Conditions on Monday in a post that reads “It is with a heavy heart I am sharing the passing of a local Hermantown skier, John Bastian, who passed away following a medical emergency during the Korteloppet this last Friday”.
John Bastian Birth
He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota to Vincent and Mary (Powell) Bastian. He put his whole heart and soul into all he did. It could have been the fact that he spent so much time outdoors engaging in activities like fishing, hunting, hiking, cross-country skiing, working out, and reading, or it could have been his general attitude toward others, which was one of fairness and respect. At a young age, he had a special connection to Rainy Lake.
John was pleased to have reached the milestone of 15 years sober, which he credits to his faith in God and his dedication to the 12 steps. He was involved with the Knights of Columbus at St. Raphael and the Old Vermillion Trail Association, and he had previously served as president of the Minnesota Forest Industries.
John’s career was largely shaped by his time spent at the helm of the Verso Paper Mill. His tenure in this role spanned quite a few years. John is preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Barbara & Mary Bastian. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Patty; children, Alicia, Suzanne & Robert Bastian; grandchildren, Caleb & Deliah; brother, Michael (Jane) Bastian; In-laws, Nancy (Randy) Travalia, Diane Forsythe (Craig), Ron (Janice) Mason, Tom Mason; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
John Bastian Obituary
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. in St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, 5779 Seville Rd, Hermantown, on Saturday, March 4, 2023 with a visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the St. Raphael’s Knights of Columbus. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home 218-727-3555.
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