St. Louis Cremation

Dr. Carl W. Hastings

A Celebration of Life:
Dr. Carl W. Hastings
Saturday May 4, 2019

Dr. Carl W. Hastings, affectionately known as ‘Dr. Carl’, left this earth on April 13 to be with his Lord. As Chief Scientific Officer of Reliv International, he exemplified a good and faithful servant while enjoying life as is meant to be. He married his sweetheart, Jean, in 1962 who were together since 6th grade. Until his passing, he never stopped putting her first, along with his two sons, Steve (Crystal) and Brett (Kristin), and 7 grandchildren, Laura, Graham, Cole, Ty, Emma, Olivia, and Alexa, who treasured their Papa. He was proceeded in death by an older brother, Harold and his parents, Ray and Jewel Hastings of Louisville, IL.

Dr. Carl was valedictorian at Clay County High School (Louisville, IL). He then obtained 3 degrees, including his Doctorate of Food Science, at University of Illinois. Jean also obtained a teaching degree at UI. Steve, his first son, was born as he entered grad school. Carl, Jean, Steve and Brett now hold degrees from Illinois; he was very proud of the tradition.

Dr. Carl was hired by Mead Johnson when he graduated. Evansville, IN became home. He excelled as a food scientist as he was a lead on projects that included Enfamil, the first soy baby formula, Pals vitamins, Weight Watchers and others. While in Evansville, Brett joined the family.

He moved to Mt. Zion, IL in 1976 to join A.E. Staley. He was, by then, known as an expert on soy nutrition. The family spent 10 years there. During this time, he became involved with Robert Montgomery through a relationship with Brett and Ryan (Bob’s son) in baseball. They would team up to form Reliv International.

Reliv became his true legacy. He changed lives with superior nutrition around the world. He holds 9 patented products. He was named one of the top 10 Chief Scientific Officers in the U.S. He won a Stevie award as number one new product, the top recognition, for 24k which he developed with Reliv. But most of all, Dr. Carl Hastings was a dedicated husband, a loving father, a proud grandfather, a faithful friend and he will be most remembered for his compassion and caring for everyone who knew him.

Dr. Carl enjoyed family, friends, traveling to Hawaii and, especially, serenity time at his home at Lake of the Ozarks. He gave to everyone – charities, friends in need, the community – everyone. He was admired and adored by his family, staff, friends and business associates.

Dr. Carl joined Living Word Church in Wildwood, MO with his wife and son Steve’s family and attended faithfully. An accomplished man who gave and remained incredibly humble; he set the example.

R.I.P. Dr. Carl. You did good.

1:00 memorial service; May 4, 2019
2:00 to 4:00 — cake and tea/coffee for personal celebration

Living Word United Methodist Church

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Reliv Kalogris Foundation, Living Word United Methodist Church, or the American Cancer Society.

Hotel Block: Drury $124 (Reliv)
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  1. Deadre Lorber on April 17, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Thank you Dr. Carl…

    You are the reason that my family has used Reliv products everyday since 1996. After all these years, we now have four generations in our family drinking your products. What a gift you have given to all of us!

  2. Carol Clark on April 18, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Greatly saddened to hear of Carl’s passing. So many memories going through my mind of great times spent together. Carl was special in so many ways. He set the bar high both personally and professionally. My prayers go out to all the family.

  3. Michelle Foster on April 18, 2019 at 10:32 am

    My deepest sympathy! Prayers to your family!

  4. Ulanda Ruger Bryan on April 18, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Jean, I was so sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. I don’t know if you remember me. Jim & I use to visit with you and Carl when you were going to U of I. We were married in ‘62 also. I didn’t realize that you had lived in Mt Zion as we lived in Clinton since 1968. Jim passed in 2008. I was in Flora a couple weeks ago visiting and ask if anyone knew where you lived. I am truly sorry for your loss and my prayers go out to you and your family

  5. Sheila M. Robinson on April 18, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    May God continue to comfort and guide you during this difficult time; and may the “peace of God that surpasses all understanding guard your heart and your mental powers”. Philippians 4:7.

  6. Sherry Bernot on April 18, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Praying for GOD.s comfort in your loss. My health and so much more changed after being introduced to Reliv. I am so thankful for his work, But every time I heard him speak I was also encouraged and challenged by his graciousness & kindness, sense of humor, enthusiasm and knowledge. I thank GOD for your husband, father & grandfather. He was a gift to all of us. GOD bless as continue to reap the blessings of his life.

  7. Mika Patch on April 19, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Every time I open a can of Reliv product, I smile. I am forever grateful for Dr. Carl and his dedication to help people through his nutrition formulas. I have seen so many miracles – he saved my life and my mom’s life. Thank you, Dr. Carl. I will continue to pass on the blessing to other people. You will be missed.

  8. Linda Bridges on April 19, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Jean, Steve and Brett, and family, I pray for God’s peace to fill your hearts. Dr. Carl was dear to all of us, but I know you will miss him most. Thank you for sharing him with us for so long. Multiple thousands are grateful for his commitment and for your willingness to allow him to fulfill his passion. Thank you.

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