Joe A. Bastien, 89, of Murphysboro, passed away with his family by his side, at 12 noon, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, Illinois.
Joe was born on May 30, 1929, in Murphysboro, to Joseph Henry and Villa Bernice (Smith) Bastien.
During Joe’s military time of service, some of which was during the Korean War, he served on the USS Amphion, USS Roosevelt and other assigned vessels.
Joe was a plumber foreman over the housing at SIU-Carbondale, where he retired after working for 30 years. In May of 2019, Joe would have been a 70-year member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local # 160. In addition, Joe also held the only steam-fitter card and had the oldest books of any member of that local.
Mr. Bastien was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Murphysboro, where he served on the first St. Andrew School Board. He was on the committee that started and organized the St. Andrew Parrish Festival. Joe was the oldest continuous member of the Knights of Columbus # 988, with 69 year of faithfulness and has served as past Grand Knight. Joe was also a member and past Faithful Navigator and past Faithful Pilot of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, DuQuoin Assembly # 0915.
Joe was a past Murphysboro City Democrat Precinct # 8 Committeeman and served as a Murphysboro Ward # 5 Alderman for 12 years.
Joe was a member of, and past Commander of, the Paul Stout American Legion Post # 127, a member of the VFW Post # 7190 and a past member of the drill team of the V.F.W. Joe was also a member of the 40 & 8, associated with the American Legion.
Joe married Rose Mary Boucher on August 2, 1958, at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Murphysboro; Rose Mary survives.
Other survivors include three children: Joseph R. “Joey” Bastien and his wife, Teresa Korando-Bastien, Carolyn Sue Bastien Ihle and Michael Ray “Mike” Bastien, all of Murphysboro; four grandchildren Jennifer Lynn (Blake) Ihle Canning, Lauren Kay (Bradley) Ihle Padgett, Joseph James “J.J.” Bastien, and Jared Dale Bastien, all of Murphysboro. Joe also had three great-grandchildren: Colton Michael Canning, Jase Byron Canning and Remi Caroline Padgett; one Canning great-grandchild is on the way. Joe has one niece, Linda (Eastman) Reid and one nephew, Steve (Christie) Eastman.
Joe was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Joseph Michael “Mike” Ihle, one brother in infancy, Bobby Gene Bastien, one sister, Villa Bernice Eastman, a brother-in-law, Harry Eastman, another brother-in-law, James Boucher, his parents-in-law, Ted and Katherine Boucher.
The funeral mass will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at St. Andrew Catholic Church. Burial will be at St. Andrew Cemetery with military services conducted by the Paul Stout American Legion Post # 127. Visitation is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrews Catholic Church. The Chalice Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Service will be held at 1:45 p.m.
Memorials can be made to the following entities: St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Wee Care of Jacob, Jackson County Historical Society, John A. Logan Museum; memorials could also be offered for masses.
The family would especially like to thank the caregivers, staff and Doctors at Carbondale Memorial Hospital. Also a special thank you to Dr. Keith Mankowitz at St. Luke’s Medical Center, St. Louis, MO.
For more information, please visit www.pettettfuneralhome.com