James Richard "Punky" Ghastin, age 78, of Traverse City, died on Nov. 24, 2017. Jim was born on Feb. 14, 1939 to late James and Bridget (Brzezinski) Ghastin.
He was a 1957 graduate of St. Francis and then Northwestern Michigan College in 1959 with an associate's degree.
Jim was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Marines from 1960 to 1972, serving two tours in Vietnam.
He was employed for over 20 years with the Traverse City State Hospital and later drove school bus with TCAPS for over 45 years.
Jim enjoyed attending St. Francis football and other sporting events. He coached his daughters in softball, and he played softball into his 70s. He liked watching Jeopardy, Molly B. Polka, Tigers baseball and Lions football. He was known for having the best looking lawn in the neighborhood.
Jim is survived by the love of his life, Cynthia A. (Clark) Ghastin, they were married on March 25, 2001; children, Jamie (Gary) Pobuda, of Mayfield, Keli (Richard) Hagan, of Kingsley, and Nicole (Marc) Ketchum, of Culver City, California; stepchildren, Roberts Lints Jr., of Oklahoma, Erika (Henry) VanGemert, of Honor, and Pieter (Keturah) Guzinski, of Lake Ann; grandchildren, Rick (Brandi), Tara, Candace, Julia, Nathan, Nickolas and Emma; great-grandchildren, Shealynn, Bianca, Devin and Delia; siblings, Martin (Bernie) Ghastin, of Traverse City, Jack (Carolyn) Ghastin and Mary Wurm, of Alpena; sister-in-law, Anita Ghastin, of Paw Paw.
Jim was preceded in death by his son, Gregory "Jay" Ghastin; granddaughter, Bridgette Hagan; and siblings, Burl Ghastin and Theresa Richards.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to sign the guestbook and share your thoughts with the family.
Contributions may be made to Cynthia Ghastin for a public outdoor memorial in Jim's memory.
Published on December 2, 2017