Robert Lynn "Bob" Basham, 60, a resident of Bettendorf, Iowa, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Trinity Rock Island after a brief illness.
A service to celebrate his life will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Port Byron United Methodist Church, 9412 228th St. N. in Port Byron, Ill. Bob's family will greet family and friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf, Iowa. Additional visitation will be on Thursday from 10 a.m. until funeral time Thursday at the church in Illinois.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Kay; his daughters, Diane (Shawn) Basham-Toups, of Gray, and Sharon (David) Komanecky, of Blackshear, Ga.; and his twin-grandsons, William and Robert Komanecky, of Blackshear, Georgia.
Bob was the youngest of four children and is survived by his brother, Richard (Mary) Basham, of Brookfield, Wisc., Nancy (David) Olson, of Lake St. Louis, Mo., and Ann (Steve) Ryan of Kooskia, Idaho; and many nieces and nephews.
His parents preceded him in death.
He was born Sept. 21, 1953, to Richard and Irene (Renwick) Basham in Clarion, Iowa. Bob was united to the love of his life and best friend, Kay E. Voss in Jewell, Iowa, July 2, 1977. He was a proud graduate of Ankeny (IA) High School Class of 1971, a graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, in 1975, and received his Executive MBA from the University of Iowa in 1990. Bob was a faithful employee of Deere and Company for 38 years where he enjoyed working in the Labor Relations Department.
His memberships included the LeClaire Lions Club and the Davenport Investment Group. His passions were playing golf with his many friends, celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans, working on creative technology and home projects, traveling with his wife and playing with his beloved grandsons. Bob was an active member of the United Methodist Church all of his life.
In lieu of flowers, his family wishes to establish the Robert L. Basham Memorial Annually Funded Scholarship for future generations of Wartburg College students. Memorials should be made out to Wartburg College and sent to McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home, 644 River Drive, Bettendorf, Iowa, 52722.
Condolences may be expressed to the family by viewing his obituary at www.McGinnis-Chambers.com.
McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Houma Today & The Daily Comet from Feb. 10 to Feb. 11, 2014