John Gast Obituary (1954 – 2022) – Bridgman, MI
John William Gast, 67, of Bridgman passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, surrounded by his wife and sons.
Friends and family are invited to bid their final farewells from 4-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15 at the Lake Municipal Hall. A tribute service will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. A final roll call, commemorating John’s years of service and commitment as a member of the Baroda-Lake Township Police Department, will take place at the end of the tribute service. A private, family-only service will be held at Graceland Cemetery.
John was born on May 30, 1954 to Evelyn “Pinky” Gast and Leroy Gast in Benton Harbor.
A second-generation lifetime resident of Bridgman; he graduated from Bridgman High School in 1972.
After a brief stint as a butcher at Bill’s Food Mart, John began his long and dedicated career in public service. He was a police officer for 26 years, many of them as the Baroda-Lake Township Police Chief. After retiring the badge, John continued his career as a public servant when he became Supervisor of Lake Charter Township in 2002, a position he held until his death.
John loved his job and liked to refer to himself as “lying with immense power” when joking with his family and colleagues. As a young man he was a little wild, but marriage and fatherhood calmed him down, at least a little.
At the time, he was an avid outdoorsman, spending his free time hunting, fishing and camping, often with his children. For the past few years, he’s been limited to fishing, usually with his cousin Jim, but was always happy to share stories of “the old days.”
John is survived by his devoted wife of nearly 34 years, Cindy; his sons: Owen (Kristen), Duncan and Cooper Gast; her brother, Jeff (Trish) Gast; his cousin, Jim Gast; nieces and nephews: Amiee (Andrew) Clay, Kelly and Alex (Abby) Gast and Katie Lutton; great-nieces and nephews: Ezra Clapsaddle, Kiya Cornelius, and Eliza and Colt Clay.
He was predeceased by his parents: Evelyn and LeRoy Gast; uncles: Ray, Robert and Bud Gast; his aunt, Marian Gast; and his nephew Joshua Lutton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Those wishing to leave condolences online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com. Arrangements entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 556-9450.
Published by The Herald-Palladium on March 11, 2022.