George Wesley Basham, Jr. age 90 of Tippecanoe died at 8:06 a.m. Monday, June 15, in Crowne Pointe Care Center, Columbus, Ohio. He was born April 8, 1925 in Columbus, Ohio. He was the son of the late George Wesley Basham, Sr. and Anna Elizabeth Williams Basham. His stepmother, Gaye Lilly Basham survives and resides in West Virginia.
He was a Navy Veteran of World War II. He is survived by this wife of fifty-four years, Sara Louise McConnell Basham of Tippecanoe. They were married on Feb. 25, 1961. He was a loving father to his son, Mark Wesley Basham of Dublin; his daughter, Melinda (Ernest) Kempf of Groveport; he was a wonderful grandfather to two granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren: Ashley Hall and her two children, Charlie and Gloria, of Columbus and Sara (Josh) Mathews and their five children: Brooklyn, Alexis, Cody, Hailey, and Joshua of Ashville, Ohio; and a brother Bob (Mary) Basham of Tippecanoe.
George will be greatly missed by his family. George was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 18, in Koch Funeral Home, 216 S. High Street, Freeport, with Pastor David Koch officiating and Jim McConnell as soloist. Military Rites and Burial will follow the service in Greenmont Union Cemetery, Freeport. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 17. His family requests memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Tippecanoe United Methodist Church in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be made on the funeral home’s website www.kochfuneralhome.net.