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Oliver John Bassett

Male 1925 - 2014  (88 years)


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  • Name Oliver John Bassett 
    Born 5 Nov 1925 
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Feb 2014 
    Notes 

    • Cutbank Pioneer Press, February 25, 2014
      Oliver John Bassett (Picture included)

      Oliver John Bassett, Cut Bank, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 after a brief illness.

      Services were held at St. Margaret?s Catholic Church on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Oliver was buried alongside his beloved mother in Virginia City.

      He was born in Butte on Nov. 5, 1925 to John and Orlean (Daems) Bassett, the oldest of three children. In l933, tragedy struck the family as their beloved father was killed in an oilrig accident. The bereft family relocated to Ennis where Oliver attended elementary school. He graduated from Gonzaga Prep and attended University of Oklahoma (majoring in petroleum engineering). His studies were interrupted when he was drafted into the Navy during World War II.

      After the war, Oliver enrolled at Carroll College to become a priest. Later, he left the priesthood and joined his extended family in Seattle. His strong faith in God and the Catholic Church, though, always was a major force in his daily living. Oliver worked briefly for Boeing then for Union Pacific Railroad. He retired from the railroad after 30 years of employment.

      Montana always called to Oliver as his cherished memories revolved around this beautiful part of the country. In 2003, Bud sold his home and moved to his beloved Cut Bank. Here, the town became his ?family,? forming bonds with his church and friends. Everyone looked after Oliver and he was always grateful for these loving people in his life. He never returned to Seattle, even to visit, as he couldn?t bear to leave.

      Oliver was passionate about music: writing songs and playing the piano, organ, mandolin and banjo. He was also interested in the history of food, owning an extensive cookbook collection though he rarely cooked.

      He leaves his beloved sister Corinne Otonicar (Mesa); 10 nieces and nephews; and extensive extended family members.

      Oliver was preceded in death by his mother Orlean; sister, Lorraine; and brothers-in-law Will and Herbert.

      His family will forever be grateful to those who surrounded Oliver with their compassion and love, especially Sheila and Paul Halverson, and the Nuns and Father Michael of St. Margaret Catholic Church. A heartfelt thank you to Whitted Funeral Chapel for their kind assistance.
    Person ID I16389  14B Jean Besset of Quebec
    Last Modified 6 Mar 2014 

    Father John Oliver Bassett,   b. Feb 1888, Blue Earth, Faribault Co., Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1933, Cutbank, Montana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years) 
    Mother Orlean Mary Daems,   b. 19 Feb 1901, Montana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1997  (Age 95 years) 
    Married Abt 1924  Madison Co., Montana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2762  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart