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J. Versil Baese

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J. Versil Baese Elsie J. Versil Baese, age 90, of Elsie, MI passed away Friday, December 6, 2013 at his home. Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes Elsie, MI on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:30 A.M., with Pastor Ralph Parkin officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery Elsie, Michigan. Visitation will be held on Monday, December 9, 2013 from 2-8 P.M. at the funeral home. Versil was the first born of Onas and Thelma (Doten) Baese in Elsie, Michigan on May 27, 1923. He graduated from Elsie High School with the class of 1941. On February 29, 1952 he married Shirley Lockwood in Elsie, Michigan. Versil worked for the U.S. Post office and in 1961 he was appointed by John F. Kennedy as the Postmaster, serving 32 years. He served in the US Army on Kiska Island and in Italy with the 10th Mountain Division, medical battalion. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He served as a volunteer coordinator for the Office on Aging serving the Meals on Wheels Program for 23 years. He and Shirley have enjoyed traveling all 50 states and three memorial trips to Italy with the 10th Mountain Division. He resided all of his life in Elsie, Michigan. Versil was the last charter member of American Legion Post 502 and the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division. He attended Elsie Baptist Church, Elsie, MI. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Shirley Baese of Elsie, MI, daughter Geri and Tom Hallin of Howell, MI, 2 grandchildren; Rebecca Hallin, and Timothy Hallin, great grandchild Layla Hallin, sisters; Mary Lou Hanold, Onalee Austin, Diane and Richard Bates, brothers; Eldon Baese, Gale and Marci Baese, Merle and Carol Baese, Richard and Linda Baese, Owen Baese, and sister in law Dorothy Baese. He was predeceased by his parents, and brothers; Robert, Raymond, infant brother Bryce, and his brother Lewis who died about 3 hours after Versil. Memorials may be made to Elsie Public Library. Online condolences can be sent to The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes Elsie, Michigan.

Published in Lansing State Journal on Dec. 7, 2013
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