LANEXA - Raymond Charles Basley, CDR, USN, SC (Ret.) passed away on March 22, 2013, at the age of 78. Ray was born in Paterson, NJ, on June 8, 1934. He spent his early years in Franklin Lakes, NJ. When he was 13, he moved with his family to Pompton Plains, NJ, where he attended Pompton Plains Grammar School, where he met his future wife, Shirley, and also Butler High School. After he graduated from Butler, he attended The United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY. When he was a Third Classman, he traveled the world on merchant ships. He graduated and received his commission in the Navy on August 2, 1957, and on August 3, he married Shirley. He served 22 years in the US Navy, during which time he and his family did a lot of traveling. He retired from Cheatham Annex in Williamsburg, VA. After retirement, he was active with Drive Safe in York County, VFW Post 4639 in Williamsburg, and numerous other organizations. Ray leaves to cherish his memories his sister, Jo-Ann Cole and her husband, Ray;his wife, Shirley Basley; his sons, Randall and Reed Basley; his daughters, Allison Basley and Sheena Wallace; five grandchildren, Michael Goodsell, Elijah Lohman, Amanda Basley, Robin and Taylor Wallace; great grandson, Patterson Goodsell; and eight nieces and three nephews. He was preceeded in death by his parents, Edith and Charles Basley, and his sister Eileen Cronenwett. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 11am at St. Stephens Lutheran Church, 612 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ray's memory may be made to Hospice House of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Pkwy, Williamsburg, VA. Online condolences may be made at www.nelsencares.com.
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Published in Daily Press on Mar. 25, 2013