Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
March 25, 2014 11:05 am EDT


MOUNT VERNON — Frank P. Basham, 90, of Mount Vernon, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Kobacker House in Columbus. He was born June 27, 1923, in Calloway, Va., to the late John Clifton and Della (Wood) Basham.

A World War II Army Veteran, Frank was a gunner in the 141st Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion 9th Army in the Battle of the Bulge under General George Patton where he was awarded three Bronze Stars.

He married the love of his life, Mabel (Reffitt) Basham on March 1, 1944, while still on active military duty. As an OTR truck driver, Frank retired from Matlack Trucking after driving for Humes Trucking and John Shultz.

Frank was a member of the American Legion Post 92 of Utica. He enjoyed providing fresh vegetables for his family from his garden and was always tinkering with something. In his words, he was “too busy to have a hobby.”

He is survived by his son, Raymond and daughter-in-law, Debra Basham of Mount Vernon; and his sister, Eva (Wilber) VanHouten of Galena.

In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel; as well as brothers, John, George, Bill, Franklin; and sisters, Ora, Mary, Delsie, Beverly, Annie and Oakie.

Friends may call Wednesday, from 3-5 p.m., at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SRs 3 at 61, Sunbury. A graveside services will be Thursday, at 2 p.m., in Cheshire Cemetery with Rev. Bernie Basham officiating. Military Honors will be rendered by the Delaware County Veteran’s Association.

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