Arne Japheth Bast

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Arne Japheth

Arne Japheth Bast, 32, of Milwaukee, WI, passed away on Sept 12, 2022, as a result of a pedestrian/automobile “hit and run” on Brady Street in Milwaukee.

Arne was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Gilbert and Elenore Bast, his maternal grandparents, Arne and Pearl Juntunen, both of Escanaba, MI, and his uncle Gilbert Bast of Green Bay, WI.  He is survived by his parents, Jan and Cheryl Bast of Sanford, FL. Siblings: Aimee Bellingar (Steve) of Rochester, MN; Caleb (Carrie) Bast of Waukesha, WI; and Joshua (Jennifer) Bast of San Antonio, TX.  Nieces and nephews: Taryn, Davin, Dana, and Janaea Bellingar; Seija, Ani, Elah, and Talia Bast; and Mara, Maddy, Sena, and Oren Bast.  Uncles and Aunts: Jill Humphries, Bill (Jill) Bast, Ginger Bast, Tom (Cheryl) Bast, and Jeffrey (Deniese) Bast and numerous cousins.

Arne was born on October 5, 1989, following 3 siblings as the “caboose” to Jan and Cheryl Bast in Escanaba, MI.  He attended elementary school in Camdenton, MO, middle school in Sanford, FL, and high school in Waukesha, WI. After several years of exploring the wider world, Arne returned to SE Wisconsin where he found his chosen family among the Brady Street community in Milwaukee.  Never one to follow well-established lifeways, Arne embodied “the road less traveled.”  He will be remembered by those he loved for his life-long spirit of adventure characterized by tenacity, fierce independence, and being fully present in each moment.  Arne recognized and affirmed beauty wherever it could be found; nowhere was this more evident than as expressed through his love of nature, his art, and his relationships.

Family and friends will gather Sunday, September 25, 2022 at Heritage Funeral Homes, Suminski / Weiss Chapel 1901 N. Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202 from 2:00 PM until time of the Memorial Service at 4:00 PM



Click here to view services held for Arne Bast on September 25, 2022



  1. Steve Rickun September 21, 2022 at 2:27 pm - Reply


    You were always a nice person. I hope that you find peace in heaven.
    May your soul be bound up in heaven for eternity.

    R.I.P. my friend.

    Steve Rickun

    • Cheryl Bast October 11, 2022 at 12:13 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Steve. We all loved him! Life looks different when a loved one passes from our point of view. He has an entirely different view of real life now and it will only get better when our bodies are resurrected!!

  2. Caitlin Domres September 21, 2022 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Such a gentle and genuine soul taken way too soon. You will be forever missed Arne!

    • Cheryl Bast October 11, 2022 at 12:16 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Caitlin! Arne has been absent from us for a month now. We all miss him so much. He always tried to make people smile!

  3. Cory & Jess Krahn September 21, 2022 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    Arne was such a bright light. Jess and I were Arnes roommates in Minnesota years ago… so many fun memories with him. He truly was an amazing human being that was always there for his friends when they needed him. You will be missed Arne…

    • Cheryl Bast October 11, 2022 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      We’re so glad Arne got to know you. Thank you for the comments and letting us know your connection with him.

  4. Alisha September 24, 2022 at 2:15 pm - Reply


    You were such a kindhearted and fun person to be around. You will always and forever be apart of the Thurmans family and in our hearts. Thank you for teaching me about snakes, I’ll always remember how you would light up when talking about them.. You will be forever missed 💜

    • Cheryl Bast October 11, 2022 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      We love hearing about Arne and his snakes! We’re glad you got to know him and were a part of his family. We all miss him and his smile!

  5. Michelle & Ryan Lathrop September 25, 2022 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    From Ryan and Michelle Lathrop- It’s been years since we have seen arne . But we will be forever grateful that because of him we met and now have a family together. Arne brought light and laughter to people in dark times and was a great listener . He had a beautiful mind and great taste in music and film and all things art. He was a great skateboarder & loved life and people. I will never forget convincing him to do karaoke and seeing him laugh his way through the doors songs, riders on the storm and many more . We laughed so hard about it afterwards. He will be greatly missed by so many. He left an impression on everyone he met. Rest in joy with your creator Arne. Till next time. ❤️🙏

  6. Cheryl Bast October 11, 2022 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much dear friends. Time passed for you and him without connecting, but you were in his heart, we know. He often talked of old friends and I would ask him, too, what he knew of them. Thanks for reaching out to us!

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