Robert (Gene) Hastings, 92, of New Castle, IN passed away on January 18, 2023.

He was born on September 19, 1930, in Knightstown, IN, the son of the late Maurice and Loma (Bridges) Hastings.

A veteran of the Korean War, Gene proudly served his country in the Army. He was a 1948 graduate of New Castle Chrysler High School and the beloved husband of Donna (Holtzel) Hastings whom he married in 1957 – they were 2 months shy of celebrating their 66th wedding anniversary.

He owned and operated Medical and Dental Collection Bureau in New Castle. After early retirement, he began a second career as a salesman at Goodwin Brothers for 25 years. In his golden years, he enjoyed summertime – mowing and grooming his lawn, and tooling around the neighborhood by car, truck, moped or lawn mower providing special treats to the neighborhood dogs. The highlight of his summer evenings included social hour on his “patio,” with his wife and neighbors.

Gene is survived by his wife, Donna of New Castle; daughter, Cristy Moffitt (Mike) of Fishers; grandson, Josh Hastings (Dana) of Chicago, and granddaughter, Kate Moffitt of Fishers.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Mark Hastings, and sister Charlene Feeney.

Upon Gene’s request, services will be held privately with burial in South Mound Cemetery West Lawn Addition with military honors conducted by contingents from the US Army, American Legion, and VFW.

Memorial contributions may be offered to Henry County Pet Campus,, 11 Midway Dr., New Castle, IN 47362.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Sproles Family Funeral Home. You may offer the family a personal condolence at

The Sproles family and staff are honored to serve the family of Robert “Gene” Hastings.