Robert Basala

July 4, 1923 — October 14, 2009

Robert Basala

Robert E. Basala, 86, of Matherville, died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at Mercer County Nursing Home, Aledo. Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Matherville. Burial will be at St. John Catholic Cemetery, Viola, with military rites conducted by Mercer County VFW Post 1571. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m., with rosary recited at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16 at Dennison Funeral Home, Viola. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anthony's Catholic Church or Mercer County Nursing Home. He was born July 4, 1923, in Matherville, the son of George Jr. and Luella Raisbeck Basala. He married Billee Adams Oct. 6, 1945, in Matherville. He retired in 1986, after 26 years in construction. Bob was a self-employed barber for 12 years. He was a World War II (1943-1945) first lieutenant navigator on the B-24 bomber in the Army Air Corp. He served in Italy. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and was active in the community. Survivors (and spouses) include his wife, Billee Basala, Aledo; one daughter, Christine (David) Evans, Fruitland, Iowa; three sons, Bob (Pamela) Basala, St. Charles, Mo., Joel (Kimberly) Basala, Plover, Wis., Kevin (Patricia) Basala, Matherville; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; mother, Luella Basala, Aledo; one sister, Lois (Deane) Frye, Aledo; three brothers, David (Beverly) Basala, Matherville, James (Darlene) Basala, Mesa, Ariz., Dennis (Reeda) Basala, Matherville. He was preceded in death by his father; brothers, Donald, Marlyn, John.

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