Roswell Arthur Ghastin “Roz,” 89, of Honor, passed away at Paul Oliver Long Term Care, in Frankfort, on August 28, 2012. He was born in Elberta January 19, 1923, son of Raleigh Arthur and Ruth M. (Ford) Ghastin.
When Roz was young, he lived in the Upper Peninsula as well as Benzie County. His mother died when he was young, which affected him greatly. He was a very sweet man, a devoted husband, who cared tenderly for each of his wives. Though he had no children of his own, he cared about and enjoyed being with his step-children and grandkids and always wanted to give them things when they visited. He lived a simple life. For many years he enjoyed living on the Platte River tending his flowers and yard.
He served his country honorably as a soldier in the US Army during World War II earning a bronze star. Though he'd held many jobs, including logging, he retired from the Benzie County Road Commission.
On December 27, 1991, in Honor. Roz married Nina Johnson Freeland who survives him. Also surviving are step-daughters Bev Kohn, Linda (Greg) Dalman, Kathy (Terry) McArthur, and Pattie (Jerry) Rodebush; stepdaughter-in-law Bev Rockwell; and many grandchildren and cousins. Those who preceded him in death were his parents, sister Janette, two wives, Edna Ghastin and Carol Ghastin, and step-son Bud Rockwell.
The family would like to express their appreciation for the love and care Roz received while at the Paul Oliver Long-Term Care.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 PM, Friday, August 31, 2012, at the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah. Interment will follow in the Champion Hill Cemetery in Honor. Visitation will be held from 12:00 PM until time of services at the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Paul Oliver Long-Term Care Facility.
The Bennett-Barz Funeral Home, in Beulah, is in charge of arrangements.