Obituary: Dean Bassett


Funeral services for Dean Franklin Bassett, 85, of Eldridge, Iowa, were at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, at Chambers Funeral Home, Eldridge. Burial followed at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery, Davenport. Family greeted friends on Thursday from 10 a.m. to service time at the funeral home.

Dean passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.

Dean was born on March 19, 1936, in Casey, Iowa, the son of John and Augusta (Luhrs) Bassett. He graduated from Casey High School in 1954. He then married Esther Kopaska on June 5, 1955, in Casey. She preceded him in death on Oct. 7, 2007. 

He owned Dean Bassett Incorporated, an International Harvester dealer, Eldridge. He then worked as a school administrator for North Scott Schools and served as past president of the North Scott School Board. He was a member of Park View Lutheran Church. He enjoyed playing golf, watching University of Iowa and North Scott High School sports and woodworking.

He was a member of the North Scott High School Hall of Fame and was a member of the North Scott Booster Club.

Survivors include his daughter, Colleen (Larry) Holland of Bloomington, Ind., and a son, Dr. Mark Bassett of Frederick, Md. He is also survived by three granddaughters, Brittany Harman of Davenport, Sabrina Holmes of Bloomington, Ind.; Dr. Shelby Bassett of Shreveport, La.; sister, Myrna Whetstone of Casey; brother, Glen Bassett, of Clive; and companion, Mary Duval of Davenport.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brother, Merle Bassett.

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