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Basso, Bill

d. July 30, 2014

Bill Basso, age 87, of Springfield, IL, passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at St. John’s Hospice in Springfield, IL.

He is survived by his wife Pat; two sons, Billy (Judy) Basso of Lincoln and Steve (Lisa) Basso of Athens; four grandchildren, Debbie Basso of Springfield, Kelley, Katie, Christopher Basso of Athens; and several nieces, nephews.

Bill was born May 10, 1927 in Athens, Illinois the son of Henry and Fanny Basso.

He married Pat Kern on July 2, 1971 in Springfield, IL.

Bill was member of the Ansar Shrine and Van Meter Lodge in Athens. He was a volunteer Assistant Chief for the Athens Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He was the Police Magistrate for the city of Athens for four years.

He was an avid deer hunter, even successfully hunting last year at the age of 86. Bill was a die-hard Chicago Cub fan. He loved to fish, cook, and garden.

Bill served for the U.S. Air Force during World War II.

Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until time of funeral services at 11:30 AM on Friday, August 1, 2014 at the Athens Christian Church.

Rev. Ken Gennicks will be officiating.

Burial will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children or to the Athens Christian Church.

Family is being served by Mott & Henning Funeral Home, in Athens, IL.


  1. Mrs. Basso and family: We will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. May the memories you share with your family bring you comfort.

  2. Pat & family: So sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. I’m sure you are mourning his death, but will celebrate his life with memories of healthier times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Jeanne (Denk) & Ron Rice

  3. Dear Pat and family (and Wiggles), Our greatest regret is that we didn’t get to know Bill until a few years ago. We remember your visit to Maine so fondly and had such fun getting to know Bill. The highlight was the night I said I loved pecan pie only to have Bill promptly shout out the ingredients for me to gather and have him make the best pie I had ever eaten! He was a real character and will be missed. We hope your happiest memories of him comfort you in the tough days ahead. Please accept our sympathy and our love. If we can be of help, don’t hesitate to ask. Diane, Roger & Abe

  4. Pat, Billy, Steve and family We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Pat, you and Bill meant so much to us, especially Jason as he was growing up and you were our neighbors. We enjoyed the many wonderful times we shared vacations and fishing. Grandpa Bill will always be remembered in our hears.

    John (Virgil), Mary, and Jason Castro

  5. My prayers are with you and your family during this time.

  6. Pat so sorry to hear about Bill. Just letting you know our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family. I have learned that memories will always be with us, so keep those memories close they help when times get difficult.

  7. Pat so sorry to hear about Bill, our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family. Memories kept close are what help you in this time, those memories stay with you always. Gary & Mimie

  8. Pat & Family: Pat, We are truly sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We send you our thoughts, prayers,and deepest condolences.

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