Harold Justman

Harold F "Justy" Justman

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Harold F. (Justy) Justman, 92, formerly of West Bend, passed away on Tuesday January 12th, 2021 of Covid related complications in the town of Sheboygan.

Justy was born on November 9th, 1928 in the town of Theresa, the second oldest son of the late Herbert and Lucille (nee Kedinger) Justman. He was united in marriage to Arlene Beistle on September 30th, 1950 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in St. Lawrence.

Justy was a staple in the music scene in the Washington County area alongside his band of 65 years, “Justy and the Keybenders”. He began his music career at home entertaining family and friends with his accordion and singing during house parties and developed a stand-alone style that entertained generations for weddings, anniversary’s, and fun-filled weekend dances. He received many requests over many years for his recorded music to be played on WTKM radio in Hartford. He was proud of his days as a West Bend Ready-Mix driver and career driving bus for the Kewaskum school district. Children of all ages would recognize him years later everywhere he went. He was the patriarch of his family for the last 55 years, had 13 siblings and was very proud of his German lineage. He loved all his family dearly and cherished visits from his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and close friends.

Those Justy leaves behind are his loving wife of 70 years Arlene; his two daughters Cheryl Paulson (Partner Don Franzen), Sandi Gatlin (Partner Daren Doyle); his four grandchildren, Valerie Wagner, Vicki (Jon Klotz) Wagner, Wanda (Matt) Pelto, and Chad Wagner (Partner Brittany); four great-grandchildren, Paige Wagner, Claire Pelto, Candice Wagner and Nicholas Wagner; two brothers, Herbert (Darlene) Justman, Hiram (Alleen) Justman; two sisters Laura Justman and Lilly Westerman; sisters in-law Rita Justman, Judy Justman, Barbara Justman and Loretta Justman; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends.

In addition to his parents, Justy was preceded in death by his nine brothers; Herman, Herbert Jr., Harvey, Hillary, Henry, Howard, Hilbert, Harry and Homer.

Justy’s family will greet visitors for viewing service only at Phillip Funeral Home, 1420 West Paradise Drive, West Bend, WI. 53095 on Sunday, January 17th, 2021 from noon to 2pm.

Special note for visitors; Masks required indoors.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 17th, 2021 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Sunday, January 17th, 2021 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Phillip Funeral Home Chapel
    1420 W Paradise Drive
    West Bend, WI 53095
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  • Interment

    Buffalo Cemetery
    Address Not Available


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Cheryl Olso

Posted at 02:32am
R. I.P. Justy! Mom is probably over joyed, to be able to polka to ‘ Out Behind The Barn’ again! I know you will be entertaining them all in heaven! God Bless! Hug Sammy and Evie for me! My condolences to your family.

Dave Seeger

Posted at 10:20am
Dave and I extend our sincerest sympathy to your family. What a wonderful man he was. Going back many, many years Justy and the Keybenders was wanted to play at every wedding at Kilroys. And, we would dance and dance and dance. Have a beer and dance some more. What wonderful memories . May the memories help you to heal your sorrow.

Now is the time for parting with our little band. Hope you had a good time, we thought that you were grand. We played some of the old tunes, we played some of the new..parting time is getting near have to get our rears in gear. So long everyone. God bless.

Sandy (Thurs) Seeger
Kilroy's daughter

Stacy (Oppermann) Weseljak

Posted at 11:16am
I was blessed to have Justy as my bus driver from Kindergarten until I graduated from high school. My fondest memory was of him pulling his bus into my grandparents' driveway and when my grandma came to greet him, he started to sing a polka tune! In the coming days, weeks, months, and years, may you find comfort in the memories you had with him.

Richard Thiemer

Posted at 10:47am
Our thoughts and prayers to your family. He shared such great music for generations...he will be missed!

Frank and Elaine Poos Beechwood

Posted at 03:18pm
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Justman family during this difficult time. We can just imagine the music being played in heaven with "Justy" znd his band of angels. May he rest in peace.

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