Hank A. Fast, 83, died surrounded by his family at home in Yucaipa on March 20, 2020.
Hank was born in Conway, Kan. on March 24, 1936, to Abraham and Sarah Fast.
He and his late wife, Peg, moved to Yucaipa from Omaha on New Year’s Eve of 1990. Having lived up until that time in flatland country, he totally appreciated the view and nearness of the mountains around Yucaipa. He was widowed in 1999.
Then in July 2001 he met Sharon Johnson, also widowed. The two were surprised by new love, courted for four months and married the following November. Hank considered Sharon’s family as his own, adding to the mix her son Greg Hunsucker and wife Mary of Yucaipa, daughter Shelly and husband Tim Steinhaus of Arvada, Colo., four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. His two families greatly blessed his life.
Hank’s employment included many years and retirement with AT&T in Omaha and twenty years of volunteering and employment with Yucaipa Regional Park where he became a very familiar face. The park and staff became like family to Hank. He loved everything about his years there and gave it his all.
Trains, motorcycles, tractors and just about anything engine-driven were number one with Hank. Over the years he put some 275,000 miles on a Gold Wing Motorcycle and as a youth spent many hours/days on a tractor in Kansas. Family times in Omaha were spent with lots of motorcycling and water-skiing, blessing his kids with many special memories.
Hank enjoyed fixing, tinkering and fabricating in his tool shed while listening to country gospel music. He appreciated hard work and had great respect for his tools, reflected by his workshop sign with the message/warning: “Hell hath no fury like a man whose tools are missing.” In recent years he and Sharon enjoyed living in the Yucaipa senior community of Sun Park II with great neighbors and social times.
He was frequently seen buzzing about Yucaipa with the American and Christian flags waving from his electric wheelchair on his way to the gym for time on the stationary bike, to Stater’s for his snack of bananas and to Ace Hardware for all the necessities. Being a voracious reader, his Kindle was a constant companion as were his cell phone and tablet. He loved doing crosswords puzzles with Sharon and video chatting with the Switzerland family over “What’s App.”
Hank will be remembered by his love for God, and Country and his sharing that love with many. He was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Yucaipa and more recently Valley Baptist Fellowship in Yucaipa. Bible study, Worship and Christian Fellowship were important to Hank and faith in Jesus Christ was his foundation for living and his assurance of eternal life with the Lord into the future. His home-going leaves a big void in the lives of those who loved him. Thank you for sharing life with us Hank …. we are missing you.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Peg, daughter Pamela, brother Abe and sisters Lillian, Wanda, Ruth and Sarah.
Hank is survived by sons, Bill of Claremont, son and daughter-in-law Laurie of Casper, WY, Ron and daughter-in-law Mary of Omaha, Neb. Also, his daughter Judy Kienholz and son-in-law Peter of Brienz, Switzerland, five grandchildren and three sisters, Esther Schroeder and Rose Gomez of Newton, Kan. and Bertha Flynn of Louisville, Ken.
A memorial service originally planned for Aug. 1 has been postponed due to the COVID-19 virus.