Donald William Bassler, 86, of Warrenton, Virginia, passed away on March 25, 2021 in his home with his wife of 42 years by his side.
Don was born to Donald Henry and Susan E. Bassler on June 20, 1934 in Fargo, North Dakota. He was the eldest of three, big brother to Donella (Binkie) and Gerald. The family relocated to Alexandria, Virginia when the children were young and Don graduated from Mount Vernon High School. He served in the US Army from 1956-1958 and was stationed in Germany. He took several courses over the years on banking, business, and accounting while working in the banking field. He became a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church in 1949 and eventually became their bookkeeper.
Growing up, Don loved drawing, classic cars, and playing sports. He was an excellent bowler and won the affection of his teammate, Grace, whom he married in 1979. Don loved to fish, which overjoyed his new outdoors-loving family. He also loved music, particularly bluegrass and Creedence Clearwater Revival, and strumming his beloved Martin guitar. He was an active member of First Congregational Church in Washington DC, which he joined in 1981 and where he and Grace were married. He served as an usher and worked on their finance committee for many years.
In his years of retirement, Don enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, supporting a variety of sports teams, eating chocolate desserts, and drinking a good Riesling. He was a key member of the Mount Vernon High School graduates group and attended monthly luncheons with his former classmates, helping to plan their annual picnics until his health prohibited his participation.
His most celebrated job in life was staying home to raise his two daughters, who remember him as a patient, kind, selfless, funny, and supportive dad who was a master of sandwich face lunches and never missed a bedtime story reading. He supported his kids in everything they did, frequently chauffeuring them and their friends to sports practices, games, and other activities. He even came to their roller derby games when they were well into adulthood.
Don will be remembered as a caring and loving husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, and finally grandfather.
Don is survived by his sister, Donella (Binkie) Gibson, his wife, Grace Bassler, his daughters, Jocelyn and Kimberly, his new grandson, Miles, nieces Nancy, Susie, Jo, and Julie, nephew Brian, and many great nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, Donald Henry Bassler, his mother, Susan E. Bassler, his brother, Gerald Bassler, and his nephew, Curtis Bassler.
Due to COVID-19, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Don placed a great emphasis on his daughters’ education, helping in their classrooms and saving money for their college education. In lieu of flowers, the family would love if you would consider a donation to Adopt A Classroom: https://www.adoptaclassroom.org/