Robert L. Hastings, age 93, of Madison, passed away on Friday, November 30, 2018. He was born on May 18, 1925 in Kenosha, the son of H. Lawrence and Priscilla Rahel Hastings. He was married to Jean Dell Bieler on September 10, 1949 in Western Springs, IL.
Robert was a veteran of WWII, serving as an aerial gunner on a B-24 Liberator bomber, 15th Air Force, based in Italy. During the war, he was forced to parachute into Hungary from a disabled aircraft. In 1990 he and his wife returned to Ocsod, Hungary, which was the site where his airplane crashed, and they made lifelong friendships with many village residents.
He was a graduate of UW- Madison in 1949 and retired as CEO of Foremost Guaranty Corp. in 1987.
Robert is survived by his wife Jean Bieler Hastings; daughters Heather (Mark) Cassidy and Heidi Hastings; grandchildren Rob, Ryan, Eric, David, Jenna, and Lindsay; and 3 great- grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother Larry Hastings; and son Thomas Hastings.
A memorial service was held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 326 S Segoe Rd, Madison, on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Robert was laid to rest at Forest Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that people consider making a donation to Covenant Presbyterian Church, Attic Angel Community or Agrace HospiceCare.