Kenneth Bast

SPRINGFIELD – Kenneth Bast, age 68, of Springfield, died on July 18, 2014, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Funeral services will be held at the Springfield Area Community Center, in Springfield, on Tuesday, July 22, at 10 a.m. The clergy will be Father Phil Schotzko. Interment will be at the Springfield City Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Monday, July 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Springfield Chapel and will continue on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Springfield Area Community Center.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield. On line condolences may be left for the family at

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice. This memorial service is a celebration of Ken’s life. The family invites friends and family to share a written statement of how Ken influenced their life.

Kenneth James Bast was born on Nov. 21, 1945 in Springfield, the son of Arlene (Schwartz) and Richard Bast.

Ken grew up in Springfield and after high school drove cattle truck for his uncle, Melvin Krueger. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966-1968, and he is a Vietnam War Veteran. He passed on his love of country to his children and grandchildren. He then went on to be an employee of Mathiowetz Construction Company for 35 years, and retired as a construction superintendent in 2003. On Oct. 19, 1968, Ken was united in marriage to the love of his life and soul mate, Laura Lee Weber at St. Raphael’s Church in Springfield. The couple continued to make their home in Springfield where they raised three children. Ken enjoyed target shooting and reloading ammo. His passion was Corvettes. He enjoyed traveling to the Rocky Mountains and snowmobiling trips with his nephews, son, and son-in-law. He liked everything in nature and created incredibly beautiful flower gardens with Laura Lee. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and teasing his grandchildren.

Kenneth James Bast died Friday, July 18, 2014 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital due to complications after open heart surgery, at the age of 68 years.

He is survived by wife Laura Lee of Springfield; children, Tammy (Kevin) Kohnen of Shakopee, Kari Bast-Payne of Medina, Ohio, and Daniel (Stacy) Bast of Mankato; grandchildren, Jordan, Katie and Michelle Kohnen, Joshua and Gabriel Payne, and Thurston Steele; brothers, Keith (Fran) Bast and Kelvin (Char) Bast; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents.

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