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David Basala

September 23, 1929 ~ October 20, 2019 (age 90)


David L. Basala, 90, of Rock Island, formerly of Matherville, passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at Trinity Rock Island.

Visitation is Thursday, October 24th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., with rosary being recited at 3:30 p.m., at Dennison Funeral Home, Viola.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 25th at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Matherville with Father John Thieryoung officiating.  Serving as pallbearers are Eric Grawe, David Basala III, Nicholas Basala, David Smith, Alex Smith, Jim Hampton and Joel Miller.  Burial will be at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Viola.  Memorials may be left for St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. 

David was born September 23, 1929 in Matherville, Illinois the son of George Jr. and Luella Raisbeck Basala.  He graduated from St. Bede Academy in Peru, Illinois in 1946.  On September 1, 1948, he entered the United States Air Force and was stationed in Alaska during the Korean Conflict.  He was honorably discharged on July 23, 1952.  Dave married the love of his life, Beverly Jean Hartman, on September 13, 1952; together they adopted three children.  They were married 58 years, until her passing on June 1, 2010.  Dave worked as a carpenter for Deane Frye, Inc. in Aledo for many years, retiring in 1991.  He then became caregiver for his beloved wife.  Dave had served on the Matherville City Council for 2 years then served as Mayor for 12 years.  He was a member of Matherville F.O.E. Aerie 2019 and enjoyed Wednesday night cards at the Eagles.  Dave was a devoted Catholic and member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Matherville.  He was known for having a “sweet tooth” enjoying sweet treats and ice cream.  He loved attending church, playing cards, watching baseball and westerns and spending time with his family.  He was also a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan. 

Those left to cherish his memory are his children:  Nanette (Richard) Seith, Coldspring, Texas, David (Linda) Basala II, Rock Island, Illinois and Elizabeth (Keith) Gengler, Moline, Illinois; grandchildren:  Eric Grawe, David Basala III, Nicholas Basala, Stephanie Hampton, Amanda Miller, David Smith and Alexander Smith; 8 great grandchildren with 1 more on the way; siblings:  Lois (Deane) Frye, Aledo, Illinois, Dennis (Reeda) Basala, Moline, Illinois and James (Darlene) Basala, Mesa, Arizona and sisters-in-law:  Marianne Basala and JoAnne Barnes.

He was preceded in death by his parents:  George and Luella Basala, wife:  Beverly Basala and brothers:  Robert, Donald, Marlyn and John.

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Recitation of the Rosary
October 24, 2019

3:30 PM
Dennison Funeral Homes
1601 13th Street / PO Box 194
Viola, IL 61486

October 24, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dennison Funeral Homes
1601 13th Street / PO Box 194
Viola, IL 61486

Mass of Christian Burial
October 25, 2019

10:00 AM
St. Anthony's Catholic Church
1386 252nd Street
Matherville, Illinois 61263

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