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David Edward Bassett of San Antonio passed away on Sunday, Mar. 3, 2013. He was born Nov. 11, 1934, in Rogers, AR, to Stonewall and Doris (Kelly) Bassett. The family moved several times and lived in Wichita where his father was owner/operator of Sunflower Airport. There David and his brother, Bill, learned to fly. The family moved to Hondo in 1951, just before his senior year, when his father became chief flight instructor at Hondo Airfield. David embraced the small town atmosphere and was his class' valedictorian. He met Shirley Ann Lutz, who was one year his junior. After a semester at Texas A&M, he married his high school sweetheart on Nov. 25, 1953, and joined the Air Force. David was an NCO and propeller mechanic for seven years before going to Officer Candidate School and his classmates remained a big part of his life. He graduated at the top of his class and became a navigator. His career took Shirley and their three children all over the world. He earned numerous decorations throughout his career, including the Distinguished Flying Cross after his tour of duty in Viet Nam. After retiring from the Air Force in 1979, the family made one last move, to San Antonio. He worked as a regional manager for U-Haul for several years, completed a degree in computer programming and then joined his wife working for Northeast ISD. After their final retirement, David and Shirley enjoyed traveling and spending time with their children and grandchildren. They celebrated 46 years of marriage until Shirley's death June 7, 2000. David found love again through his OCS association and married Susan Fretwell. They remained friends throughout. After undergoing treatment for cancer in 2011, David felt very fortunate to have a full year of good health. He continued to enjoy his life, his family and friends, and playing golf. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife and brother. Surviving are his children, Jeff Bassett and wife Kelly, Gail Wylie and husband Randy, and Eric Bassett and wife Becky; grandchildren, Christopher, Steven, Blake, Brian, Ben and Jason; and great-grandchildren, Gabe, Jennifer and Janice; sister-in-law, Tillie Bassett; aunt, Ruth Kelly; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Mar. 7, at First United Methodist Church, Hondo. Interment will be at Hondo Cemetery, St. John's Section. Memorials may be made to the
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Guinn-Horger Funeral Home
2006 Avenue M Hondo, TX 78861
Published in Express-News on Mar. 6, 2013