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BASHAM, THOMAS Aug. 24, 1930 to Jan. 29, 2013 Tom Basham passed peacefully after suffering from Alzheimers' for many years. Tom grew up in Chicago and joined the Navy in 1948. He retired after 31 1/2 years as a Master Chief (ACCM). Tom married the love of his life, Thora McKenzie, in Hawaii. Tom was known as a great neighbor and friend. He was always ready to give a helping hand to anyone in need. Survived by his wife of 61 years Thora, son John Basham (Teanne), daughter Pamela Reichert, and four grandchildren Shanda DeNike (Brian), Carl Basham (Jolie), Ashley Reichert and three great-grandchildren; Lexy and Brenden DeNike, Moira Basham and sister Ruth Ann Klien (Hank). He was preceded in death by his parents, Ewell and Ruth Basham, sister Betty Rutkowski and grandson Kevin Reichert. Tom will be laid to rest with military honors at Miramar National Cemetery, February 15th, at 2:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will follow at the Chula Vista Golf Course at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the or San Diego Hospice.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Feb. 10, 2013
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