Clifton E. "Gene" Basden, 83, of Murphysboro, Ill., born April 30, 1932, in Pomona, Ill., passed away Friday morning, Feb. 5, 2016, on a cruise ship near Cozumel, Mexico.
Clifton, who was better known as Gene, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He retired as a steelworker after working from 1950 to 1985, and then moved with his family to Murphysboro, Ill., where he was a local entrepeneur. He was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church in Granite City, Ill.
He was an avid woodworker and loved to mushroom hunt and fish. He loved his family and enjoyed going on trips with them. He had stated on this cruise, that he was "on his last hoorah" with the Larry's Country Diner Cruise.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta "Bert" James, whom he married July 1, 1950, in Murphysboro, Ill., and who preceded him on Dec. 29, 2012; and his parents.
Surviving are his three children and their spouses, Charles B. and Rose Basden of Murphysboro, Ill., Teresa Lynn and David Kohenskey of Granite City, Ill., and Brett Eugene and Gwen Basden of Murphysboro, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, Darlene Camren, Gene Basden, Laura Long, Christine Benway, Natasha Ridings, Haley Basden, Marissa Phillips, Stacey Shepherd, Christina Patterson and Felecia Pedigo; twenty-eight great-grandchildren; a special friend, Carleen Reeder of Murphysboro, Ill., and his best buddy and faithful companion "Petri"; a one brother, John (Shirley) Basden; and a sister, Norma (Dale) Rains, all of Collinsville, Ill.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church. For more information, please visit www.pettettfuneralhome.com.
Visitation: Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at Trinity Baptist Church, Murphysboro, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at the church with Rev. Steve Raglin and Rev. John Jones officiating. Entombment at Pleasant Grove Memorial Park, Murphysboro, Ill., with military services conducted by the Paul Stout American Legion Post No. 127.
PETTETT FUNERAL HOME, Murphysboro, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Feb. 11, 2016