Harold Glen Basey, 92, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2012, in Blue Springs, Mo.

Harold Glen Basey, 92, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2012, in Blue Springs, Mo.

Harold was born in New Augusta, Ind., August 10, 1919, to Carrie (Campbell) and Glen Basey. He graduated in 1938 from Riley High School in South Bend, Ind., then acquired a one year certificate in Accounting from the College of Commerce in South Bend, Ind. He worked as a General Clerk at Drummey Cartage Co. from 1938-1941, before serving in the Army. He was inducted April 9, 1941, at Fort Wayne, Ind., with an Honorable Discharge November 7, 1945, from the Separation Center, Camp Atterbury, Ind. Harold was in the T-SGT 38 Division Headquarters Battery 150th Field Artillery Battalion  Communications’ Chief, supervised 49 Radio Men, Switch Board Operators, Lineman, Message Center Personal and Radio Mechanics. He served on campaigns in the Southern Philippines, Luzon, and New Guinea. Harold received many decorations and citations, including a Good Conduct Ribbon, American Defense Service Medal, Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon With 3 Bronze stars, American Theater Ribbon, and Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 bronze Star.

After separating from the Army, Harold entered an Electrician Apprenticeship Program at Studebaker Corp., located in South Bend, Ind. He worked at Studebaker until they closed in 1963. Harold married Esther H. Lizenby June 19, 1950, at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, Iowa. Harold and Esther had a daughter, Karen, on 25 October 1951, and a son, William, on October  8, 1954. In 1963, Studebaker closed, Harold took a job with Fisher Body in Kansas City, Mo. He remained at GM until his retirement in 1980. After retirement, Harold spent a lot of his time researching genealogy, which he really enjoyed. Harold was preceded in death by his loving wife, Esther (Lizenby); parents, Carrie (Campbell) and Glen Basey; two brothers, Ronald Basey and Robert Basey; and sister, Mary.

Harold is survived by his daughter, Karen Hobbs and her husband, Larry, of Lawrence, Kan.; his son, William “Bill” Basey of Blue Springs Mo.; nephew, James Basey of New Brunfels Texas; and niece, Jill Basey of Van Nuys, Calif.

A visitation will begin 1 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W.  Main St., Blue Springs, Mo. A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday by minister Bob Martin at the Blue Springs Cemetery, 2800 W. Walnut St., Blue Springs, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Legion Post 499, Blue Springs, Mo.

Arrangements: Meyers Funeral Chapel, 816-229-3276.
 

 

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