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Gary J. Basten
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Gary Jule Basten, age 80, died peacefully at home October 18, 2017, with his loving wife by his side, after a heroic journey with Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinsonism. Born November 16, 1936, the only son of Mildred Delveaux and Louis Basten he lived in Green Bay his entire life. Gary graduated with the Central Catholic Class of 1955 and continued to meet with his classmates every month, reminiscing and sharing stories which were probably embellished a little. An avid sports enthusiast, he lettered in football and baseball. After graduation he enlisted in the Navy and was honorably discharged in 1957. On May 31, 1958, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Judy Scannell, and enjoyed almost 60 years of marriage. They raised four children who in turn blessed them with ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Faith, family, friends and fun were at the heart of who he was.
The founder of Gary J. Basten Construction Co., he was a successful businessman and contractor who took pride in his workmanship and business ethics. He was a self-made man who knew the meaning of hard work. He treated his customers with respect and fairness, especially the elderly who were dear to his heart, all traits he instilled in his children and grandchildren.
Always wanting to give back to his community, he served on the Ashwaubenon Park Board, Ethics Committee, was President of the Parkview PTA, coached youth football, baseball and hockey and delivered Meals on Wheels.
Gary was the proud sponsor of the oldest slowpitch team in Wisconsin, together for 28 years, whose members formed his support group during his illness called “Afternoons with Gary” and who remain his very dear friends. They, along with their wives, continued to visit, care for and support Gary through his final days.
A faithful servant and charter member of Nativity Parish, he served on the Building and Grounds Committee, was a Confirmation Teacher, choir member, and as a Eucharistic Minister brought Holy Communion to the nursing homes and the homebound.
Gary had the gift of a green thumb as evidenced by his gorgeous garden. He loved traveling, golfing, playing cards, fishing, hunting and spending weekends at the cottage cruising around Wheeler Lake on his pontoon boat with family and friends. A history buff, he especially loved reading about the Packers, the City of Green Bay and the historical Astor Park area where he had fond childhood memories. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan owning season tickets since 1958 and was one that could truly say he was at the infamous Ice Bowl.
His wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his greatest joy. You could always find him in the stands cheering them on at their events or sharing their memorable moments as they journeyed through their lives.
Gary is survived by his wife, Judy, who lovingly cared for him at home, daughter Polly (John) Willis, Raleigh, NC; son Andrew (Jane) Basten, Hobart; daughter Julie (Robert) Brocker, Appleton; son Michael (Randi) Basten, Paradise Valley, AZ. Proud and fun loving grandfather of Drew (Kelli) Basten, Blair (Cali) Basten, Brooke (Tate) McMillan, Jordan Brocker, Cole (Melissa) Brocker, Michaela Brocker, John Taylor Willis, Emily Willis, Logan Basten, Ryder Basten and two great-grandchildren, Elle and Crew McMillan. He is further survived by his sisters, Mercedes (Denis) Maloney and Jackie Lamberg, MN; sisters-in-law, Nancy Carlson, Sue Smith, Lynn Scannell and brother-in-law Steve Scannell, many nieces, nephews and friends.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents Mildred and Louis Basten, sister Janice Baye, mother and father-in-law Ceilie and Cub Scannell, brothers-in-law Vernon Lamberg, Kenneth Baye, Andy Scannell and niece Marisa Maloney.
Family and friends may call at Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory, 305 N. Tenth Street, De Pere, WI from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, October 27, 2017. A prayer service will take place at 7:30 PM with Deacon Michael Dabeck officiating. Visitation will continue at Nativity of Our Lord Church, 2270 South Oneida Street, Green Bay, WI from 9:00 AM until 10:45 Saturday, October 28, 2017. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM with Father Michael Ingold and Father Willard Vande Loo concelebrating.
In lieu of floral expressions, a memorial fund has been established in Gary’s name. Please go to www.ryanfh.com to send online condolences to the Basten family.
The family extends heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Steven Bollom, Dr. Pierro Antuono, The VA, Unity Hospice Team, Visiting Angels, and all his caregivers, who enabled Gary to remain at home as his illness progressed. We also extend our appreciation to Father Willard Vande Loo, Father Michael Ingold, Deacon Michael Dabeck, Unity Chaplain Bob Nooker and Unity volunteer Bill Harrington who provided spiritual comfort to Gary, along with the numerous friends and neighbors who were so supportive along his journey.


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Visitation

Friday

27

Oct

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory

305 N. Tenth St
De Pere, WI 54115

Prayer Service 7:30PM

Visitation

Saturday

28

Oct

9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Nativity of Our Lord Parish

2270 S. Oneida St
Green Bay, WI 54304

Service

Saturday

28

Oct

11:00 AM
Nativity of Our Lord Parish

2270 S. Oneida St
Green Bay, WI 54304

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