Robert Leroy Bassett, known as Bob to friends and family, 88, of North Plate passed away on Friday, April 13, 2018 with his family at his side.
Bob was born Sept. 11, 1929 in Arnold to Charles Edward and Hazel Leora (McCandless) Bassett.
He was an avid football fan and dog walker in his later years. Everyone knew not to call him when football was on the agenda.
He was a veteran during the Korean War. As a brakeman on the Union Pacific he worked on passenger trains and later freight trains for 40 years.
He loved aviation and learned to fly when he was 16. He flew small airplanes any time he could.
When his children were small he was always available to play games of tag, hide and go seek, and touch football. Quiet and gentle, he loved feeding his squirrels peanuts so he could watch them out the window. He carried extra dog biscuits for all the dogs he passed on his daily route. There will be many sad dogs in his neighborhood waiting for biscuits now.
Bob is survived by his wife, Guylene of North Platte; son, Gary (Karen) of North Platte; daughter, Raquelle Hill of North Platte; grandchildren, Jacob, Kenrick, Shaina, Katie, Kehrry, and Nicholas Bassett; five great grandchildren; and other family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and son, Robert Bassett Jr.
Cremation was chosen and a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements. Pastor Gary Smith will officiate. Inurnment will follow at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery with military honors.
Those wishing to do so may sign the register book from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, April 16 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home.
The family requests donations to the ASPCA or the local animal shelter. Online condolences may be shared at adamsswanson.com.