Bill D. Basler

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Services for Bill D. Basler will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at United Methodist Church in Ruthven. Rev. Roger Maize will officiate the service.

Interment will take place at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Auburn.

Billy Dale Basler, son of James and Ruby (Stilts) Basler, was born Aug. 27, 1919, in Lohrville, Ia. He graduated from Lohrville High School in 1936.

On April 4, 1942, Bill was united in marriage to Beatrice Williamson at Fort Snelling in Minnesota. To this union three children were born.

Bill enlisted in the army in February of 1941, and served as a military policeman until attending officer candidate school and flight school in 1942. He received his wings and became a single engine pilot in the Air Corps before serving as a flight instructor and later a flight engineer. Bill left the military when the war ended, reaching the rank of First Lieutenant.

After several years of farming, Bill was hired by the State Conservation Commission (DNR) initially being assigned to Cedar and Jones Counties. Later in his career, he worked in Dickinson, Kossuth and Palo Alto Counties, retiring in 1979, after 27 years of service.

Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed gardening and tending to his beehives. He and Bea loved to dance and they were always the first on the dance floor and the last to leave.

Bill passed away Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister; two brothers; and a daughter, Sharon.

He is survived by his wife, Bea, of Ruthven, Ia.; his children: Sheryl and her husband, Roger Threde of Prairie Village, Kan., and Bill and his wife, Debra of Mason City, Ia.; son-in-law, Milan Bragg of Des Moines, Ia.; his brother, Dick Basler of Spencer, Ia.; six grandchildren: Tom Bragg, Kirby Bragg, Shawna Shaw, Jeff Threde, Chris Basler and Sarah Elwood; nine great-grandchildren: Tara Bragg, Ashton Bragg, Eden Shaw, Emery Shaw, Zach Threde, Alyssa Threde, Will Elwood, Taegen Elwood and Channing Elwood; as well as other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home