Alvin C. Basse
Alvin C. Basse, 80, of Muskego, passed away Friday, May 24,
2013. He was the loving husband of more than 55 years to Carolyn (nee King); beloved father of Daniel (Jean) Basse, Gloria (Melissa) Basse, Linda (Max) Wenck and Roger (Becky) Basse; proud grandfather of Blake, Alec, Taylor, Sarah, Adam, Austin, Evan and Andrea; dear brother to Ruth Klussendorf; and brother-inlaw to Judy Basse, Jack (Bernice) King and Dean (Marilyn) King. He is further survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Rose Basse; his brother, Robert Basse; brother-in-law, Delbert Klussendorf; and sister’s grandson, Brian Hirsh.
Alvin loved to grow things. He was a farmer, a father and a friend to all. For more than 50 years, Alvin managed Guernsey Grove Farm where he raised Guernsey dairy cows. Besides milking twice a day, every day, he showed his prized cattle at local fairs as well as the Wisconsin State Fair and World Dairy Expo. The milk was shipped to Golden Guernsey Dairy, where his parents were founders and he served as chairman and president as the dairy cooperative grew under his leadership.
Locally, Alvin was known for his ability to grow some of the “best” sweet corn, apples and pumpkins around. Initially, from a “little white stand” on the front lawn of his home that later grew into Basse’s Country Delight farm market. If you knew Alvin, you know the fruit he produced was far sweeter than just fruits and vegetables. He planted seeds of faith and friendship throughout his life.
Alvin was a man of deep faith and great love of family and friends. He was a lifetime member, elder and past president of Emanuel United Church of Christ in Hales Corners.
He was a graduate of Waukesha High School. He was honored into Master Farmers of Wisconsin and held various offices including president. Alvin was a past director of the American Guernsey Cattle Club and the National Milk Producers Federation. He served on the board of directors for Rural Mutual Insurance and was past president of the Waukesha County Agri-business Organization. As a young adult, he initiated the Yorkshire Association of Wisconsin, and enjoyed serving as a 4-H leader for 35 years as well as being an active FFA member. Alvin was on the Muskego Plan Commission and a proud Army veteran, serving in Germany.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, May 30, at the Max A. Sass & Sons Funeral Home, W173-S7629 Westwood Drive, Muskego (Wednesday’s notice contained an incorrect address). Additional visitation will be at Emanuel United Church of Christ, 10627 W. Forest Home Ave., Hales Corners, on Friday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial with full military honors will be in Arlington Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, two memorial funds are being established in the name of Alvin C. Basse, one at the Emanuel United Church of Christ (Hales Corners) and another for a Youth Scholarship of Agriculture Excellence.
Max A. Sass & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 679-1560 or visit online at www.maxsass.com.
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8