He was born at home on January 1, 1937 in Foster Township, Marion County, the son of Ellis “Buck” and Clella (Caldwell) Bassett. He married Lorraine Dotson on August 20, 1960 in Carbondale, and she survives in Centralia.
In addition to his wife of 53 years, Mr. Bassett is survived by one daughter, Lori Bassett and Doug Goad of Fredericktown, Mo.; one son Grant Bassett and wife Shelli of Los Altos, Calif.; one granddaughter Isabella Bassett of Los Altos; one brother Dayne Bassett and wife Virgie of Alma; one brother-in-law Tom Dotson and wife Beth of Tumwater, Wash.; one nephew; several nieces and cousins.
Mr. Bassett was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Bassett was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Centralia, where he served as a member of the Board of Trustees, a youth group leader, a member of the Methodist Men’s group and chairman of the Pastor Parish Committee. He served as a board member for the American Red Cross and worked at many blood drives. He volunteered as member of the Red Coats at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Centralia, and was a member of the St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary having served as the auxiliary’s first male president. He was founding member of the Kaskaskia College Ambassadors volunteering for many activities since his retirement. Mr. Bassett also volunteered with Pallative Care and has been a grandparent for many years at Warren G. Murray Developmental Center. He is a member of the Friends of the Centralia Public Library, Centralia Historical Society and Centralia Cultural Society. He assisted senior citizens with financial information and balanced their checkbooks through the Senior Services. He was awarded the AAUW Community Service Award in 2009. He made a difference in the lives of so many others through his caring and thoughtfulness, along with his dedication to community service. As it was said by the AAUW members, “through his leadership, he has given unselfishly to education and to the community and has been a true asset to Kaskaskia College, the various other organizations which he served and to his community.”
Mr. Basset held both an undergraduate and graduate degree from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale with post-graduate hours towards his doctorate. He began his teaching career at Trico High School beginning in 1958 until 1962. He moved to Centralia High School and taught business and later was a department chairman. He then went to Kaskaskia College, where he served as a faculty member, program coordinator, department chairman, division administrator, assistant dean and Dean of Instruction during his college career from 1969 until1992. He served as a Kaskaskia College Foundation Trustee, Kaskaskia College Ambassador and was an officer of the Kaskaksia College Annuitants. He was a great supporter of the college’s fine arts program. Mr. Bassett started the Business Learning Center and the weekend college, which was designed to provide instruction at the best rate and best time for the individual student. He was a dedicated Phi Beta Lamba adviser who was well respected in the region for his leadership at both the local and state levels for this business student organization. On May 22, 2006, he was awarded an honorary associate of arts degree for his service and dedication to Kaskaskia College. After retiring from Kaskaskia College, he was employed at the Village Greenery Florist for 12 years and retired in 2003 after his beloved granddaughter Isabella was born. He was also a pianist and visitation attendant for the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home.
Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at First United Methodist Church in Centralia, with Reverend Rusty Beals and Deacon Grant Bassett officiating. Entombment will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Park near Centralia.
Friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Bassett’s honor to the Kaskaskia College Foundation (Dale Bassett Memorial Scholarship) or the First United Methodist Church and will be received at the Moran Queen~Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia.
Online Condolences of Sympathy may be left for Mr. Bassett’s family at moranfuneralhome.net.