Richard Bassett, 87

Richard Gene Bassett, 87, of rural Wabash, died at 7:15 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at Miller's Merry Manor West in Wabash. 

He was born Nov. 2, 1931, in Kokomo, to Harold and Margaret (Randall) Bassett.

Richard attended Lincolnville High School, and was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He married Beatrice "Bebe" Story at the Southside EUB Church in Wabash, on Jan. 9, 1953. He worked at Container Corporation 33 years, retiring in 1994, and was a lifelong farmer. Richard was a member of the Lincolnville United Methodist Church. He enjoyed cars, watching basketball, and loved being with his family, but farming was his passion.

He is survived by his wife, Beatrice "Bebe" Bassett; three children, Jackie Hurst, Terry (Edna) Bassett, and Becky (Mark) Pratt; four grandchildren, Dustin (Rachel) Hurst, Brian (Stefanie) Bassett, Shannon Bassett, and Chad (Jordie) Bassett, and seven great-grandchildren, all of Wabash.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2019, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with the Rev. Melissa Rice officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Etna Cemetery, Mt. Etna, Indiana.  Friends may call 2-6 pm Saturday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Lincolnville United Methodist Church.

The memorial guest book for Richard may be signed at

Posted on 2019 Feb 28