Stephen John Hastings

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Grantham, N.H. — On Thursday, Jan. 11, 2017, at daybreak, Steve passed on to join his brothers, Roger and Malcolm. He had used up his nine lives and he couldn’t overcome this recent illness. Steve survived three helicopter crashes, a parachute that didn’t open, escaping from a burning vehicle, a serious illness that only has a 5% survival rate, and many other close calls during his 70 years.

Steve was born on March 14, 1947 to Wilfred and Pauline (Werling) Hastings in Fort Wayne, Ind. He attended school in Grantham and Lebanon High School. He left school and joined the Army just after he turned 17. He went to jump school at Fort Benning, Ga., training with the 101st Airborne.

Steve then joined the 173rd Airborne Infantry Brigade and volunteered to serve in Vietnam, earning the rank of Sergeant while in combat. He received the Army Commendation medal with V for valor while in Vietnam for meritorious bravery. These were no welcome home cheers when he arrived on U.S. soil at the airport in 1967. He was spat on and disrespected, he didn’t openly let that upset him. Steve was a quiet patriot, the no-frills kind.

In 1968, Steve married Dottie Woodard and joined the Lebanon Police Department in 1969. After 20 months he was promoted to Sergeant. He received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. In 1977 he was promoted to Captain. He left the police Department in 1983. For the last 34 years he had his own business as a building contractor and built many beautiful homes in the Upper Valley and Lake Sunapee area. Steve was known for his luscious family dinners on Sundays, holidays, birthdays and for his prankster sense of humor. He loved cruising the Caribbean, Las Vegas, Foxwoods, card games, Patriots football and anything competitive.

Steve was predeceased by his parents and two of his brothers. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Dottie; his three daughters, Shannon (Jon) Hastings Fox of Grantham, Sherri Hastings of Grantham, and Shelby (Luis) Hastings Rojas of Boynton Beach, Fla.

He is also survived by 5 grandchildren; Shaun Hastings of Weare, NH, Kelsie Turner of Grantham, NH, Travis Hastings of USAF, Las Vegas, Joshua and Elijah Rojas of Boynton Beach, Florida. Steve is also survived by his 3 siblings, David (Brenda) Hastings of Derry, NH, Lynda (Bill) Preston of Croydon, NH, Mike (Celina) Hastings of West Lebanon, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. Steve dearly loved his family, his white German shepherds and his two white cats, Molly and Jinx.

At Steve’s request, there will be no calling hours. He wanted us to have a party with lots of fun, laughs and country music. So please join us for Steve’s “going away” party Saturday, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. at the Croydon Fire Station Function Hall at 828 Route 10, Croydon, N.H.

Messages of condolences maybe expressed with the family through an online guest book by visiting www.rickerfuneralhome.com.