COVE CITY - Delbert Charles Bassett, USMC (Retired), 79, passed away peacefully at his home in Cove City, NC on Friday, September 20th, 2013.
Del was born July 4, 1934, in North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska to Charles Edward and Margaret Evelyn Contryman Bassett. He grew up on the family farm in Paxton, Keith County, Nebraska. The eldest of six children, he was predeceased by his parents and twin siblings Carl and Carol Bassett. He graduated from North Platte High School in 1951 and attended Colorado State University studying Veterinarian Medicine as well as serving in the National Guard. His unit was activated for service in the Korean War. Del also served in the Vietnam War being awarded a commendation for outstanding performance and service. Attaining the rank of USMC Master Gunnery Sergeant (E-9, Retired), he was known affectionately as "Top Bassett" retiring in 1977.
After retiring from the service, Del was employed by Kansas City Life Insurance and earned the Million Dollar Man Sales Award. He was later employed and retired from Tracor, presently British Aerospace Engineering (BAE) Systems, where he managed the Identifications (IDS) Group for almost two decades.
Del is survived by his wife, June Ipock Bassett of the home. They would have celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on February 14, 2014. He is also survived by his daughters: Trina Bassett Raley and husband Paul and their children: Philip Clayton Raley and Andrew Stanton Raley, all of Valley Lee, MD; and Rebecca Adele Bassett and her son Camden Foster Bassett of Raleigh, NC. Additional survivors are his sisters: Mary Bassett Young of Loveland, CO; Margaret Bassett Swindell of Fleming, CO, and Barbara Elaine Bassett of Effingham, SC; and his sister-in-law, Jennifer Ipock Nance of Cove City, NC. Also, several nieces, nephews, and cousins located across the United States and one faithfully devoted canine companion, Simone, survive. May Del rest in peace.
Visitation will be at 11 a.m. and a Celebration of Life Service at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2013, both held at Asbury United Methodist Church located at 1780 Asbury Road, Cove City, NC, 28523 followed by a military burial at New Bern Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Asbury United Methodist Church in his memory.
Online condolences at newbernsj.com or pollockbest.com.
Arrangements are by Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations.