August 09, 2018

LIBERAL- Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Konantz Warden Funeral Home for Elmer Dean Fast, 90, Liberal, who died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at Via Christi Village in Pittsburg, Kan.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday evening, at the funeral home.

The obituary may be viewed and condolences sent online at www.konantzwarden.com.

Survivors include two sons, Mike Fast and wife Judi, Pittsburg, Kan. and Larry Fast and wife Lisa, Liberal; four grandchildren, Naomi Fast, Kansas City, Mo., Elizabeth (Fast) Frieden and husband Brock, Mindenmines, Charity (Fast) Hazen and husband Mark, Brentwood, Tenn. and Vince Fast, Nashville, Tenn.; nine great-grandchildren, Mady Hazen, Chattanooga, Tenn., Dawson, Kyndal and Jonathan Hazen, Brentwood, Tenn., Sydni and Marli Holcomb, Kansas City, Mo. and Brynlee, Braylen and Bryson Frieden, Mindenmines; a brother, Jay Fast and wife Velma, Riverside; a sister, Peggy Cook, Wichita, Kan., and several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Mr. Fast was born Nov. 3, 1927, at the family home in Verdella, to Burson C. and Amy (Phillips) Fast. He attended country schools. When he was 13 he moved in with George and Margaret Hanshaw to help with the farm work. They were like second parents to him and he always considered Jim Hanshaw another brother. He graduated from Liberal High School in 1945.

He served his country in the Army for two years and was a World War II veteran. He was honorably discharged and came back home to Liberal, where he married his sweetheart, Lois “Arlene” Baker on May 23, 1949. They were married for 63 years before she preceded him in death on Aug. 29, 2012.

He was a self-employed dairy and grain farmer, was a member of the American Legion, the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church of Lamar and served on the Barton County Soil & Water Board for 40 years. He also got to go on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., which was one of the highlights of his life. He was grand marshall at Liberal’s Fall Festival in 2015 and marched in the Liberal parade with the American Legion Color Guard for the final time in 2017 at the age of 89 years old. He had lived at his current residence since 1957 and was disking a field when he had an accident on June 4, 2018. He always loved farming!