Donald "Guy" Bassett Jr., 60, left this earth on April 24, 2014, at 4:35 p.m. in the VA Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa.
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He was born Aug. 15, 1953 in Moline, Ill., to Donald and Ida Mae Bassett. The family moved to Monticello when he was a year old.
He attended Monticello schools, Twin Lakes High School, and graduated from Roosevelt Military Academy in Aledo, Ill. He joined the Air Force, spending time in England, which he found very enjoyable. Guy's compassion was cooking. He was the cook at several high-end restaurants, having the dream to operate his own restaurant. Guy moved to Colorado with the hopes of attaining that goal, but when it didn't work out, he went to Council Bluffs, Iowa as a welder for some time before spending time in Illinois and then moving back to Lafayette.
He worked for some time at SIA, was a friend to everyone he met, would do anything to help any way he could. He loved gardening also. He always had large gardens, and planted a vegetable at the VA home which he was responsible for in their planter boxes. Guy was a very strong 'principal' minded person, got him into many troubles, but he stood by those principals. He was also a very compassionate person, loving his children to the ultimate. As his health declined, he was living in a VA Home in Marshalltown, Iowa. He would visit the other residents, talk with them, give them little "snacks", and make sure if they had problems he would try to help solve them. He is dearly missed.
Surviving are his mother, Ida Mae Bassett, West Lafayette; four children, Chris of Tennessee, Chandler of Rhode Island, Corey and Collier of Frankfort; a grandson, Jaxson; sisters, Donna (John) Rundell of Colorado, Joan Campbell of Lafayette; aunts, Jeanie McCormick of California, Sherry Whitmore of Illinois; and many nephews, nieces and cousins. He was so very happy and proud when Jaxson came along.
His father preceded him in 1988 and his brother, Herbert, in 1987.
A Memorial Service will be held Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. at Fisher Funeral Chapel (914 Columbia, Lafayette) with visitation one and one-half hours prior to the service. There will be refreshments and visiting afterwards.
He will be laid to rest Aug. 2 in Fairview Cemetery in Tonica, Ill.
Fisher Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services
914 Columbia Street Lafayette, IN 47901
Published in The Monticello Herald Journal on July 26, 2014