HARDIN — Floyd Adam Bastrom, age 74, passed peacefully at his home in Hardin on Tuesday July 22, 2014, after a battle with cancer.
He was born April 24, 1940, in Hardin, a son of Rueben and Mabel (Seader) Bastrom. He attended St. Xavier grade school and graduated from Hardin High School in 1959. Floyd was a talented basketball player and played as a center for Western Montana College. He returned to Hardin and worked as a driller for Continental Drilling during the construction of Yellowtail Dam and on other projects throughout Colorado.
Floyd married the love of his life, Linda Joyce Pitsch, in May of 1967. Soon after, Floyd and Linda purchased their farm from Holly Sugar just north of Hardin. He earned the Grower Achievement and numerous other awards for his sugar beets and Coors barley crops. He raised other crops such as beans, sunflowers, corn, and alfalfa. He also ran a cattle operation.
Floyd and Linda’s home was always filled with the boys’ friends, who always knew that they were welcome. Floyd built a full meat house that he used to feed his four boys and all of their friends. His German sausage and salami could not be replicated. He would continue to share these along with his canned pickles and salsa for the remainder of his life.
He enjoyed participating in local softball, basketball and golf organizations. Floyd enjoyed his summers boating, fishing, and camping vacations with his family. His elk-hunting trips with his sons and many friends were a highlight in his life. Other high points included his yearly golf vacations with his wife and friends to California, trips to Vegas and his fishing trips to Alaska.
He will be remembered by many for always being willing to help others. He was a member of the Custer Golf Club, Hardin Beet Growers Association, and was president of the Farmers Ditch Company.
During his retirement, Floyd spent many days tending his garden and growing ingredients for his salsa. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his grandchildren and whom they called “Papa Floyd”.
Floyd always enjoyed life. He was fun-loving and he loved to dance. He was testy at times, but you had to appreciate his sense of humor. He truly enjoyed spending time with the early morning coffee crew and time with his friends while in his favorite chair at the 4 Aces.
His parents and daughter, Dana Rae, preceded Floyd in death.
Survivors include his wife, Linda, of 47 years; sons, Travis (Betsy), Michael, Matthew and Wade (Stephanie) Bastrom; sister, Betty (Harry) Seader; brother Larry (Sharla) Bastrom; his four beloved grandchildren, Payton, Bree, Gracie and Katie; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
We wish to extend a special thank you, to all who assisted with the care and support of our loved one.
Memorial Services will be held 2 p.m. Monday July 28, in the Bullis Funeral Chapel. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
Should friend’s desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Christ E & R Church, Fort Custer Golf Club or charity of choice.