Bastron, Adolph, 93, Scottsbluff

Adolph Bastron, 93, of Scottsbluff, went to be with his Lord and Savior April 9, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. Cremation has taken place. He expressed his gratitude for the loving care and treatment he had received at the Golden Living Center and by Prairie Haven Hospice.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the Bayard Cemetery in Bayard with burial provided by family and military honors provided by the United States Marine Corps. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, at Plymouth Congregational Church, located at 743 Winter Creek Drive, Scottsbluff with Pastor Rod Wetzig officiating. Memorial gifts may be given to the family. Tribute of sympathy may be left at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services in Scottsbluff is assisting the family with arrangements.

Adolph was born March 17, 1920, in Alliance, NE to Conrad and Anna Margaret (Fahrenbruch) Bastron. He moved with his family to Bayard where his father farmed until 1926, and that is when his father opened up a grocery store in Bayard which became known as the Boston Store and remained a family business for over 50 years.

Adolph graduated from Bayard High School in 1938. From there he attended Chadron State College and the University of Nebraska until enlisting in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1941. He was called to active duty in late 1942 and went through boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina. From there Adolph attended Marine Officer Training at Quantico, VA and was commissioned a second lieutenant in May of 1943. As a second lieutenant he helped form the 2nd Ammunition Company. In 1944, Adolph was shipped to the South Pacific where he was attached to the Third Marine Division. On July 21, 1944, he participated in the liberation of Guam. Adolph was discharged from active duty in 1946 and remained in the Marine Corps Reserve where he was promoted to Captain in 1946 and received his final discharge in 1958.

Adolph and Helen Irene Schaffer where united in marriage November 15, 1950. During this marriage of over 62 years, three children were born, Paulette, Fredrick and Pamela. Adolph and Helen moved to Scottsbluff in 1982. After remaining in the grocery business Adolph retired at the age of 84.

Adolph is survived by his wife Helen; children, Paulette (Gary) Little of Bayard, Pam (Terry) Carrier of Scottsbluff, and Fredrick (Patricia) Bastron of Scottsbluff; sisters, Hilda Morris of Mesa, AZ, and Freda Crouch of Vancouver, WA; grandchildren, Jeff (Lisa) Little, Brandon (Kristi) Little, Becky (Jared) Clauss, Troy (Patty) Little, Chris (Stephanie) Little, Taylor (Ashley) Carrier, Tonya (Joe) Gargotta, Kayla (Jon) Kuskie, Candace (DJ) Garcia, Lysa (Rudy) Jenkins, and Shaun Flaherty; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Adolph was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Victor Bastron, Jacob "Shorty" Bastron, Robert Bastron, Walter "Dutch" Bastron, Caroline Bastron Huck, and Bertha Bastron Niedeffer.

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