Franklin Junie Basden, 94, of rural Mt. Olive, Illinois passed away at his residence on Tuesday, January 10, 2023. Born October 23, 1928 in Pilot knob, Missouri, he was a son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Frank and Mary May (Malone) Basden. He married Eileen Mills and they later divorced in 1969. He later married Louise Keller and she passed away on April 6, 2012. He worked as a Crane Operator for Laclede Steel in Alton, Illinois for many years. He served in the U.S. Army as a Paratrooper from 1946 to 1947. He was a member of the East St. Louis Masonic Lodge and East St. Louis Shriners. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and also enjoyed shooting pool.
He is survived by 3 Children, Linda (Bill) Imel, Ron Basden, Carol Basden, 3 Step Children - Arlene (Rick) Eller, Mike Keller, Kathy Storr, 3 Grandchildren & 8 Step Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren & 12 Step Great Grandchildren, 8 Great Great Grandchildren & 8 Step Great Great Grandchildren. Numerous Nieces & Nephews also survive.
Besides his wife & parents, he was preceded in death by 2 Brothers - David Basden & Don Basden, 2 Sisters - Lucille Jones & Leona Huitt, 1 Grandson - Jerry Conley,1 Great Granddaughter - Adrianna Conley.
A “Celebration of Life” will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Staunton Masonic Lodge #177.
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