Robert (Bob) L. Basket, age 78, died peacefully at home on December 29, 2012 after a long and courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. He celebrated his 49th wedding anniversary with his wife Regina and family the day before on December 28. Bob was born, the youngest of three boys, on June 16,1934 in Ironwood, MI, to the late Alfred and Ann (Cichon) Basket. He was a 1952 graduate of Luther L. Wright (Ironwood) High School, worked briefly as a switchman for the Chicago NW Railroad, and attended the University of Wisconsin-Superior, graduating in 1958 with a Bachelor of Elementary Education degree. He served as a cook and radar operator in the National Guard from 1952-1960 and taught school for a few years before taking a position as an Investigator with the Michigan State Liquor Control Commission in 1960, retiring in 1997. He was active in many community organizations, including the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, and was a charter member of the Auburn Area Lion’s Club. Bob enjoyed spending time on the water and fishing, woodworking projects, watching his grandkids play sports, and rooting for the Detroit Tigers.
Bob is survived by his wife Regina (Haranda); daughters Margaret of Madison, WI and Michelle of Atlanta, GA; and son Mark (Amy) of Essexville, MI. He was extremely proud of his grandchildren Zachary, Nicholas and Sarah Basket. He is survived by brothers David (Betty) of Bristol, IN and Mhyron (Connie) of Grand Rapids, MI; brothers-in-law Eugene (Lillian) Haranda of Pinconning, MI and Robert (Nell) Haranda of Statesboro, GA; sisters-in-law Rita Haranda of Kawkawlin, MI and Dorothy Pelton of Auburn, MI and Patricia Haranda of Linwood, MI. and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by brothers-in-law Arthur, Raymond and Clarence (Harry) Haranda and sister-in-law Joan Basket.
Despite the circumstances, Bob enjoyed interacting with the medical staff that cared for him. Special thanks to the staff of the Mid-Michigan Infusion Center at the Midland Hospital, the staff of Mid-Michigan Hospice, and his personal care assistants who cared for him at home. Thank you also to the family and friends who showed him and his family extraordinary support, including sending cards and prayers, during his life and illness.
In accordance with Bob’s wishes, his body has been cremated.
Bob was a member of the St. Anthony/St. Joseph Parish in Auburn. The funeral mass will be held at the St. Anthony site in Fisherville on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Thomas Sutton officiating. Friends may call at the Cunningham-Taylor Auburn Chapel on Thursday, January 3, 2013 from 2-5 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. and one hour before the funeral mass on Friday at the St. Anthony’s site. The rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m. at the Cunningham-Taylor Auburn Chapel on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution in Bob’s name to the Toni and Trish House (Hospice Care Facility) in Fisherville, to the St. Anthony/St. Joseph Parish Community, or to the charity of your choice.