Published in East
Cook Life on November 10, 2011
Robert A. Vostry of
Chandler, Arizona, died November 4, 2011, after fighting brain cancer
for over a year. He was 74.
Vostry was born in Berwyn, IL, on September 6, 1937. He graduated from
Morton High School and received his BS from Stetson University, DeLand,
Vostry enlisted in the USMC in 1961, commissioned the same year, and served
until 1972. During his three tours of Vietnam, Vostry served as a company
commander, battalion operations officer, and advisor.
He joined the California National Guard in 1978 as a specialist and attained
the rank of Sgt. Major until his retirement in 1997. In the Guard he served
in armor; and the last ten years of duty, Vostry served as operations
Sgt. Major of the Aviation Brigade, 40th ID.
Vostry's military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service
Medal, Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal
(4 stars), Army Achievement Medal, three Presidential Unit Citations,
Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal, two National Defense
Medals, Humanitarian Service Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and
NCO Professional Development Ribbons with the numeral 5.
Vostry was a minor league player from 1958-1961. He played for the Kansas
City A's and Chicago White Sox organizations. His best year was 1959 in
Plainview, TX, with numbers of: .290/20/96. Vostry was a scout for the
Montreal Expos in the Central California area from 1997 to 2000. After
moving to Arizona, he was a scout for the Florida Marlins from 2001 to
present. Vostry played and managed various all-Marine teams during 1963-1964
and 1968-1969. He also starred against the 1964 Olympic Baseball Team.
Vostry also enjoyed many years playing with men's baseball teams and competed
for over a decade in the Men's Senior Baseball League World Series in
Phoenix, AZ, and Ft. Myers, FL.
He resided in California most of his life, moving to the Phoenix area
in 2000. Vostry is survived by his wife, Yvonne; one daughter, Vonnie
(and Mike) Casalegno of Long Beach, CA; one son, Robert, Jr. (and Kasey)
Vostry of Elk Grove, CA; and four young grandsons.
Arrangements by Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery in Chandler, AZ.