Roland ‘Rollie’ W. Bast, 91|
Roland "Rollie" W. Bast of Germantown passed away peacefully on
Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at the age of 91.
He was born in Germantown on April 21, 1920, the son of Valentine and
Louisa (nee Stark) Bast. He married Pearl, the love of his life, on
June 6, 1942, and they had two children, Ronald (Gail) and Rochelle
(Detlef Moore). He was the devoted grandfather of Wendy (the late
David) Siedlecki and RJ (Stacey); and great-grandfather of Kaylee,
Zoe and Zack. He is further survived by nieces and nephews, other
relatives and long-time friends.
He was a lifelong farmer in Germantown/Richfield at the Crickle
Spring Farm, which was honored by the state of Wisconsin in 2010 as a
Century Farm. Rollie was a horse enthusiast, raising and showing
draft horses as a hobby for many years. He also enjoyed annual
excursions to the Kentucky Derby.
In addition to farming, Rollie was a well-known auctioneer,
graduating from Reisch Auctioneers School in 1951 and beginning
another lifelong career in 1952.
Rollie founded Riteway Bus/GO Riteway Transportation Group in 1957
and was dedicated to his employees and customers. The company
celebrates its 55th year in business in 2012.
He was a proud and patriotic American who was dedicated to family and
community. He was a 4-H leader and volunteered as a square dance
caller. He had perfect attendance at Germantown Rotary Club for 40
years and was a Paul Harris Fellow Award recipient in 1980. He
volunteered for the Germantown Fire Department from 1948 to 1998 and
served as president from 1959 to 1984. He served on the Germantown
Mutual Insurance Co. board of directors from 1975 to 2011; the
Farmers & Merchants Bank/Associated Bank-Jackson, 1972 to 1988; and
Washington County Fair Park Board, 1999 to 2010.
Rollie supported many charitable and benefit organizations with
auctioneer services, including the Germantown Scholarship Auction. He
was named Germantown Citizen of the Year in 1999, awarded as the
Jackson-area Business Association Man of the Year in 2000, inducted
into the Menomonee Falls High School Wall of Recognition in 2006 and
presented with the Golden Gavel Award for 50 years as a professional
auctioneer in 2007.
The family extends special thanks to Sheila Cherwink and Terry
Herriges for their unwavering compassion and caregivers Monique and
Sherry for their kind attention.
Rollie’s greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. He
was a joyful man with a positive outlook and an infectious laugh.
Visitation will be on Saturday, Feb. 11, at GO Riteway Transportation
Group – Germantown location, W201 N13900 Fond du Lac Ave., Richfield,
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a service at 2 p.m. Burial will follow
at Dheinsville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Germantown
Schmidt & Bartelt A.A. Schmidt & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services
in Menomonee Falls is serving the family. For online condolences,
please go to www.schmidtandbartelt.com.