Samuel Truman Bass Okemos (1925 - 2013) Samuel Truman Bass, age 88, a man of strong faith and a great love for God, passed away December 30, 2013. He was the oldest of 15 children from a New Mexico farm family. After serving in the Army in WWII, he met and married Jane Harris, his first wife of 60 years with whom he had 3 children. He was a fun-loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, with a hearty laugh and a big heart. Sam was a graduate of David Lipscomb College. He received a Masters Degree in Chemistry from George Peabody College (Vanderbilt) and a Ph.D. in Botany and Plant Pathology from Michigan State University. He worked at MSU, Lansing Community College and Howell High School. Sam was a long-time member of the Holmes Road Church of Christ where he served as a Deacon for many years. He was a devoted Bible scholar with a passion for personal ministries. In 2008, Sam married Patti McClelland, his devoted wife. The last five years, he and Patti have travelled extensively visiting friends and family. They loved playing golf and cards together, however, when it came to college football Sam was a die-hard Spartan fan and Patti bled maize and blue. Survived by his wife, Patti McClelland Bass; daughter, Teresa Bass; son-in-law, Mark Frost; daughter-in-law, Anne Bass Kinlaw; step-children, Marc McClelland, Marcy Speaks, Matthew McClelland and Monty McClelland; 4 grandchildren; 7 step-grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 1 brother and 3 sisters; and too many nieces and nephews to count. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Bass; his daughter, Cheryl Bass Frost; his son, Timothy Bass, and stepson Michael McClelland; 5 sisters and 4 brothers. Funeral Services will be held Sunday, January 5, 3:00 p.m. at Holmes Road Church of Christ, 321 E. Holmes Road, Lansing, MI. The family will receive friends at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing on Saturday, January 4 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Children's Outreach, Inc., 5716 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48210, or Rochester College, 800 W. Avon Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48037. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. On line condolences may be made at: www.greastlansing.com
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Jan. 3, 2014