Obituaries – 11-02-2011

Carroll Ralph Bassett

Carroll Ralph Bassett, 83, of Perico Island, died Oct. 28. He was born and raised in Johnston, Iowa.

Mr. Bassett served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War. He was wounded in Korea and received the Purple Heart and several other decorations. After his service in Korea, he returned to graduate from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

He first pursued a career in radio and television broadcasting in Iowa. A few years later, he embarked on a second career in insurance and employee benefits in the Detroit area, where he and wife Meridee lived for 40 years until retirement brought them to Bradenton in 1997.

Mr. Bassett’s retirement was very active and he continued to golf several times each week and devote his volunteer energies to the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island. With Kiwanis, he participated in many programs, including the Easter Sunrise Service, foster grandparent program at Anna Maria Elementary, and he coordinated the Salvation Army holiday bell ringing at the Publix store on the Island. He was a member of the Marine Corps League and greatly enjoyed attending Marine Corps reunions.

Internment of Mr. Bassett’s ashes will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at the Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72 E., Sarasota. There will be a celebration of Mr. Bassett’s life at the Perico Island Clubhouse, 11000 Perico Way, Bradenton, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. Lunch and refreshments will be served.

Memorial donations may be made to Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club Foundation, P. O. Box 1215, Holmes Beach FL 34218-1215.

Mr. Bassett is survived by wife Meridee; sister Lyla Jean and husband Wayne Hutt of Surprise, Ariz.; sons Scott and wife Debbie of Bradenton, Brent and wife Lisa of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Kent and wife Jennifer of Rochester Hills, Mich.; grandchildren Vicki and husband Tim, Amanda, Laine, Rachel, Steven, Joel, Jarred, and Molly; and great grandchild Andrew.


Lillian Mary Parker

Lillian Mary Parker, 84, of Holmes Beach, formerly of Chicago, died Oct. 24.

Services will be at a later date.

Mrs. Parker’s survivors include daughters Deborah Pouge of Gurnee, Ill., and Kathleen Clarke of Naperville, Ill.; sons George of Palm Desert, Calif., Guy of Wheeling, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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