Frederick Peter Basting, loving husband and dedicated father, passed away on July 10, 2012, from multiple complications following hip surgery.
He was born July 24, 1928, in Detroit, to Peter and Rose Basting, who arrived in this country from Austria-Hungary. After many years in the Motor City, his father moved the family to Salem, Ore., where Fred graduated from Salem High School. In high school, he competed in the state championships for boxing, a sport he would continue in the Navy. After graduating from high school, Fred served in the U.S. Navy at the end of WWII on the troop ship USS Randall as a radar and communications specialist. Later, Fred also served as a sergeant in the Army National Guard during the Korean War.
Upon returning from the Navy, he married Barbara Cunningham, of Detroit, his loving wife of 63 years.
Fred was a graduate of the University of Toledo, and worked for 25 years with Owens-Illinois, first as a chemist and later as the head of Quality Control at the Closures Plant in Constantine, Mich. He retired in 1984 and spent the last 10 years in Apache Junction, Ariz.
He was active in the communities of Maumee, Ohio, Huron, and White Pigeon, Mich., where he served as a council member, scout leader, baseball coach, and lay leader in community churches. Fred was an avid reader, with an appetite for early American history, natural history, true adventures, and great Western novels. He loved the Detroit sports teams, enjoyed hunting in Montana, and growing and grooming his rose gardens.
He is survived by and wife Barbara; his children, Alan (Cassie), Marcy (Dan) Nally, Jeff (Rose), Chris (Lisa), Glenn (Natalie) and Patrick Basting; along with 13 grandchildren, including Peter, Samantha, Eric (Nally), Libbey, Hannah, Kalee, Zachary, Lydia, Nick, Shelby, Charles, Rachel and Allen; and great-grandchildren, including Julian and Frances Nally and Eva Hoff.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 28, at Zion Lutheran Church, 930 Main St., Huron.
The family would like to thank all the caregivers and staff at Admiral’s Pointe and Stein Hospice for their kindness and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Fred’s name at Zion Lutheran Church or at a charity of the donor’s choosing.
Foster Funeral Home & Crematory, Huron, is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be shared at fosterfh.com.