Richard G. Bassett, 82, of Oak Harbor, died Tuesday morning, July 15, 2008, in Riverview Healthcare Campus in Oak Harbor.
Dick was born in Oak Harbor to Mary and Nahmy Bassett. At age four, Dick began working in the family grocery business. He joined the U.S. Navy at 17 and served aboard the USS Marblehead in the Pacific Theater. He returned home to run the grocery store with his mother, Mary, and his brother, Abe. It was there he met his future wife, Dorothy, whom he married Aug. 6, 1950. Together, they raised three children.
Dick was heavily involved in his community, serving on Oak Harbor’s Board of Public Affairs and Village Council, as well as being an active member and past commander of John A. Fader Post 114, a member of VFW Post 8732 and Oak Harbor Rotary Club.
Dick was a major force in the lives of all of his family members, encouraging them in their interests, attending important events with them, and giving them the benefit of his experience to make them more successful.
Dick retired in 1987, often working 40 instead of 80-hour weeks at the grocery store. He also found time to enjoy golf, Ohio State football, traveling with Dorothy, his grandchildren and many friends.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy (Dewey) Bassett; son, Mike (Debbi) Bassett; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jody; son, David; and his parents.
Family and friends are invited to call from 2-9 p.m. Sunday in Crosser Funeral Home, Oak Harbor, where the family will be present from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Boniface Catholic Church, Oak Harbor. Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Oak Harbor.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Boniface Renovation Fund, 215 Church St., Oak Harbor, OH 43449 or Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.