Basten, Donald F.|
Donald F. Basten, 68, Green Bay, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 2, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was born on July 18, 1945, in Green Bay to the late James & Julia (Strebel) Basten.
Don was a 1963 graduate of Green Bay East High School and proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1963 until 1969. He retired in 2008 after 34 years of employment at Paper Converting Machine Company.
Don married Janice Phillips in Green Bay on June 2, 1973, at Holy Martyrs of Gorcum Church. Over their 40 years of marriage, together they raised four children and enjoyed eleven grandchildren.
He enjoyed fishing, camping, golfing and spending time with his grandchildren and his many close friends. Don was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone. His smile and love of life was contagious.
Don is survived by his wife, Janice; children, Craig (Stacy) Basten, Michelle (Brian) Neuens, Tina (Tom) Schmidt, and Sheri (Dave) Omernik; grandchildren, Rachel, Elizabeth, Abby, Bailey, Marcus, Katie, Adrienne, Alex, Grady, Emily and Aubrey; brothers, Norbert (Betty) Basten and Francis (Diane) Basten; sister-in-law, Nancy Basten; in-laws, Sue & Ron Conard, Ron & Carol Phillips, Dan & Linda Phillips, Diane & Dave Dimmer, and Alan & Mary Ellen Phillips; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; father-in law & mother-in-law, Richard & Helen Phillips; brother, Leo Basten and twin brother, Ronald Basten.
Friends may call from 4:00pm until 7:00pm on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at Newcomer Funeral Home, 340 S. Monroe Ave., Green Bay, with a parish prayer service at 7:00pm. Visitation will continue from 10:00am until time of service on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at St. Agnes Parish, 1484 9th St. Green Bay. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am on Thursday with Rev. Patrick Beno officiating. Entombment will be at Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. To leave a message for the family, please visit www.NewcomerGreenBay.com
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to thank the staff at St. Mary's Hospital, the Green Bay Fire Department and appreciate the outpouring of love and support from family and friends.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Dec. 4, 2013