Daniel S. Bakstad

December 5, 1925 - January 19, 2009
Daniel S. Bakstad

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Daniel S. Bakstad, 83, of Hendersonville, North Carolina died on Monday, January 19th at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.

Born in Chicago, Illinois to the late Johan and Mildred Bakstad, Dan grew up in Angola, Indiana. He was in the Navy flight training program and a veteran of World War II. He was a graduate of Tri-State College and managed the family business of Daniel Shank Lumber Yard. Prior to retirement he was a Real Estate broker with Merrill Lynch in Clearwater, Florida.

A licensed pilot and boater, Dan was past president of the Angola Jaycees, past president of the Gulf Beach Rotary Club and enjoyed being a member of the Romeos Club in Hendersonville. During retirement Dan and Shirley lived on their boat and traveled extensively for four years.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Shirley, and five children; Daniel E. Bakstad and wife Vicki of Johns Creek, GA, Kristin Mason and husband Randy of Rockville, MD, Craig Bakstad and wife Lynn of Mooresville, NC, Lisa Martin and husband Hugh of Lewis Center, OH, Anne Gunsteens and husband Jeff of Germantown, MD; eleven grandchildren; and niece Kari Bentz and husband Chris of Ludington, MI.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday January 23rd in the Chapel at Lake Pointe Landing, Hendersonville, NC. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the clubhouse. Memorials may be made to The Salvation Army c/o Food Bank, 239 3rd Avenue E., Hendersonville, NC 28793.

Additional information is available at www.bakstad.com.


Friday, January 23, 2009
12:00 AM

Lake Pointe Landing - Directions
333 Thompson Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • January 21, 2009
    Stephen and Lorraine Branson and Family says:
    Anne, Jeff, Ashley and the entire Bakstad family: We are deeply sorry to hear about the loss of your Father/Grandfather. Our deepest sympathies are with all of you at this time. While we are unable to attend the memorial services, please know our thoughts and prayers will be with all of you. May his smile and all the wonderful memories live in your hearts as you honor the memory of his life. God bless you all. With love and friendship....Stephen, Lorraine, Taylor and Kate Branson

  • January 22, 2009
    Al and Jan Overgaard says:
    We extend to you Shirley and your family our deepest symathy. We are only sorry we did not know Dan longer then we did. What a great man. His soft voice, his smile, and very noticeable love for his wife gleemed inside him. Our prayers go out to you and your family.

  • January 22, 2009
    Tom Wenzel says:
    Kristin and Danny, I am sorry to learn of your father's passing. I remember him as a good man with a great sense of humor. My thoughts are with you and your entire family.

  • January 22, 2009
    Susan Schrader Waskiewicz says:
    Dear Shirley and family. We are so sorry to read of Dan's passing. I have heard many stories and know my mom and dad, Vivian & Alex Schrader had many fond memories of times spent with you and Dan in Florida. Our thoughts are with you. Susan & Bill Waskiewicz

  • January 23, 2009
    Thelma and Lloyd Palmer says:
    Dear Shirley and family. We were so shocked to learn of Dan's passing. It was only in more recent years that we became acquainted with him and we enjoyed his friendly attitude. We remember that Dan always seemed to have a humorous anecdote to relate and that he had a lot of energy, enthusiasm and "know-how" in fixing things such as the motor home and the house. He was such a friendly person and fun to be with. Dan will be missed by us amd many more friends.