William C. Basilone, 81, of Huron died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at Ohio Veterans Home, Sandusky.
Bill was born Jan. 16, 1929, in Lorain, Ohio. After his mother died in 1936 he spent the next eight years in Lorain County Children's Home, Oberlin, Ohio. He then came to Huron where he attended high school while he lived with the Wechter family and worked at Huron Dairy.
Mr. Basilone graduated from Huron High School in 1948 and then enlisted into the U.S. Air Force. He married Patricia Altman of Huron in 1949. Bill served 30 proud years active duty and retired as Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force in 1978, and was the base sergeant major at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base in Michigan. His overseas assignments included tours in the Philippines, England, Vietnam and Germany. For the next 14 years Bill was the office manager at Sandusky Crushed Stone and retired in 1992 for a second time.
He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Huron, Air Force Sergeants Association, lifetime member of the VFW of Sandusky, American Legion of Sandusky, Knights of Columbus of Huron, Huron High School Alumni Association, past president of St. Peter Parish Council, and was a member of the Huron Township Appeals Board for 18 years.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia (Altman); five daughters, Linda Basilone of Grove City, Ohio, Col. Mary Jane, USAFR (Ret.) (Colonel Gary, USAF (Ret.)) Grabulis of Lorton, Va., Maj. Diane Basilone of East Greenwich, R.I., Karen (USAF Col. Clayton) Goya of Norway and Janet (John) Welsh of Sandusky; son, Lt. Cmdr. Garry, USN (Ret.) (Cat) Basilone of Huntsville, Ala.; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Lula (Patrick) Basilone; three sisters, Josephine, Geraldine and Delores; and four brothers, John, Frank, Eugene and Edward.
Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in Foster Funeral Home, 410 Main St., Huron. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Peter Catholic Church, 430 Main St., Huron, with the Rev. Jeffery Sikorski officiating. Entombment will be in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron, with military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be shared at fosterfh.com.