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Robert Lee Basom

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Robert Lee BASOM Robert Lee Basom was born on July 11, 1920 in Seattle WA. to R. Lee Basom and Hazel (Doo) Basom. He died on January 25th in Freeland WA after a long and courageous struggle with cancer. He grew up in Seattle in the Leschi neighborhood and graduated from Garfield High School. Before WWII he joined the navy and served during the war on a mine sweeper in the Alaskan waters. He married Mary Lou Thiel on September 12th 1941. He and Mary Lou raised six children in Seattle and were active in St. Benedict's parish. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. In 1971 they moved to Whidbey Island where they became members of St. Hubert's Parish. They loved their new neighborhood at Useless Bay. They both took up golf and it became an important part of their lives. We think that Bob played more rounds of golf at Useless Bay Golf course than anyone else! Bob was a hand engraver and did beautiful engraving on countless trophies, plaques, urns and personal items like baby cups and spoons. He was a true artist. He worked until he was 88 years old and in the last two years of his life was still engraving things for his family, gifts that we all treasure. Bob loved dogs and always had a dog in his life until his last dog died 2 years ago. He was preceded in death by his brother Dick. Besides his wife of nearly 70 years, he is survived by his sister Dorene Kenkman of Carnation and his sons Robert (Sharon) ofNew Orleans, and Jeff of Seattle, his daughters Carolyn Eagan (Chris) of Port Ludlow, Katherine Donohoue (David) of Puyallup, Mary Bakeman (Jeff) of Freeland, and Annie Bradford (Mark) of Spokane. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed. A funeral mass will be held at Saint Hubert Catholic Church, 804 3rd St., Langley WA, on Monday, January 31st at 1:00 p.m. under the direction of Visser Funeral Home. Donations can be made to the charity of your choice. Sign Robert's online Guest Book at www.Legacy.com
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 30, 2011
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