Robert Eugene “Bob” Baskett, age 80, of Vandalia, passed away at 7:45 p.m. on Monday, October 21, 2013 at the Golden Living Center – Gamma Road Lodge in Wellsville, Mo.
Visitation was held on Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.
Service was held on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating was the Rev. Bob Hoehn. Music was provided by selected favorite songs.
Interment was in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jared Baskett, Justin Jones, Aron Baskett, John Ogden, Todd Hutcheson and Kriten Grimmett. Honorary pallbearers were Amanda Shearon, Richard Cordes, Taylor Baskett, Andrea Hutcheson, Erica Hollenbeck, Jessica Baskett, Mason Carver, Cameron Jones, and Dylan Baskett.
Robert Eugene “Bob” Baskett was born on January 12, 1933 in Linneus, Mo., the son of Jerry Guy and Pearl M. (Henderson) Baskett.
He married Mary Helen Baker on August 21, 1953 in Bowling Green, Mo.; she preceded him in death on September 20, 2011.
He attended area schools and was a longtime resident of the Vandalia area.
After serving his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he worked as a mechanic in his own garage at the east edge of Vandalia for many years.
Bob then started working for Hickman’s IGA as a carryout and stocking clerk until just a few years ago when his health prevented him from working any longer.
His hobbies included country music, camping and spending time with his family.
Survivors include five children, Byren Baskett, Nancy Warren, Patricia Grimmett and Gary Baskett, all of Vandalia, and Terry Baskett, of Harmony, Fla.; also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary; two sisters, Ruth Cordes and Mildred Branham; two brothers, William Baskett and Gerald Baskett; many brothers and sisters-in-law.
Memorials are encouraged to charity or organization.