RUTHVEN -- Funeral service for Bill D. Basler was Saturday, Nov. 5, at the United Methodist Church in Ruthven. The Rev. Roger Maize officiated.
Burial was in Oak Lawn Cemetery at Auburn. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven was in charge of arrangements.
Billy Dale Basler, son of James and Ruby (Stilts) Basler, was born Aug. 27, 1919, in Lohrville. He graduated from Lohrville High School in 1936.
On April 4, 1942, Bill was united in marriage to Beatrice Williamson at Fort Snelling in Minnesota.
Bill enlisted in the army in February of 1941, and served as a Military Policeman until attending Officer Candidate School and Flight School in 1942. He became a single engine pilot in the Air Corps before serving as a Flight Instructor and later a Flight Engineer. Bill left the military when the war ended, reaching the rank of First Lieutenant.
After several years of farming, Bill was hired by the State Conservation Commission (DNR). He retired in 1979, after 27 years of service.
Bill passed away Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at his home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, two brothers and a daughter, Sharon.
He is survived by his wife, Bea, of Ruthven; his children, Sheryl (Roger) Threde of Prairie Village, KS, Bill (Debra) of Mason City; son-in-law, Milan Bragg of Des Moines; his brother, Dick Basler of Spencer; six grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.
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