Stephen “Darth Vader” Phillip Bast Jr., 47, of Granite City, passed away Monday, April 4, 2016, in New Jersey due to an accident.
He was born April 19, 1968, in Alton, a son of the late Stephen Phillip Bast Sr. and Virginia Ardell (Angle) Bast.
Steve was a United States Navy veteran who proudly served his country. He worked for Steelman Transportation in Springfield, Mo., as an over-the-road truck driver. He enjoyed driving his semi “Sirius Black,” fishing, collecting guns, watching and attending NASCAR races. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. Steve will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Steve is survived by his loving daughter, Ashley (Dustin Holmes) Bast of Granite City; dear brothers, Jeffrey (Tyra Saunders) Bast of Ramsey, Ill., and Roy Eldridge of Bismark, Mo.; nephew, Tyler Bast of Texarkana, Ark.; grandcat, Piper Anne; and extended family and many dear friends.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City.
In celebration of his life, funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. Wednesday with Pastor Charles West officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Ashley Bast and donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.