L. Eugene Basinger

First Posted: 7/3/2011

BLUFFTONL. Eugene Basinger, 92, died at 8:35 a.m. July 1, 2011, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.He was born Feb. 14, 1919, at his family farm south of the Ebenezer Mennonite Church on Phillips Road in Bluffton as the sixth of seven living children of Daniel J. and Elizabeth Bixel Basinger. On July 8, 1948, he married Lola Schertz, the CPS camp nurse at Grottoes, Va., at the home of her parents in Metamora, Ill. She survives in Lima.Mr. Basinger attended the one-room Bucher School across from the Ebenezer Mennonite Church, where he was taught by an older sister and also learned English. He graduated from Bluffton High School, Bluffton College (BA), and University of Cincinnati (MA). He taught high school for more than 35 years in Latty, Cridersville, Columbus Grove and Lima (Bath). He served in the Civilian Public Service during World War II in locations in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia. Basinger grew up at Ebenezer Mennonite Church and has been a member of First Mennonite, Bluffton, since 1960. He and Lola lived their entire married life in Ohio: Lima, Cincinnati, Broughton, Vaughnsville and Bluffton. Survivors also include three children, Doug (John Flickinger) Basinger, of San Francisco, Deb Stechschulte, of Coldwater, Mich., and Jerome (Pam) Basinger, of Chesterton, Ind.; and five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.He was preceded in death by three brothers, Franklin, Weldon and Bryan Basinger; and three sisters, Charlotte Keller, Marcella Neuenschwander and Amelia Basinger.Services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton. The Rev. Steven J. Yoder will officiate. Burial will be in Ebenezer Mennonite Cemetery, Bluffton, before the service.Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.Memorial contributions may be made to Bluffton University or the Swiss Community Historical Society.Condolences may be expressed at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.

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