Fr. Richard J. Basso

  • Born: August 29, 1937
  • Died: October 6, 2018
  • Location: Seattle, Washington

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family


Rev. Richard (Dick) J. Basso was born on August 29, 1937 and passed away on October 6, 2018. He joins his parents Richard J. Basso and Caroline (Diljak) Basso in passing.

He is survived by his two brothers Tom (Catherine) Basso and Philip Basso. A devoted family man, he gave unending love to his many nieces and nephews, who knew him dearly as "Uncle Dick." Tom (lndre) Basso, Teresa (Robert) Basso Gold, Angie Hovda (Curtis Proctor), Gina Basso, Jacob Hovda (Carma), Nick Basso, Elena Basso, Grace Hovda, Isabella Basso, Lucy Gold, and CeCe Gold will always cherish abundant memories of Uncle Dick's nostalgic tales and holiday traditions, including pounds of Mary See's candies and Pacific smoked salmon.

Fr. Basso grew up in Battle Creek, Ml; however, his life with the clergy led him to the West Coast. He was ordained on June 2, 1962 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Lansing, MI. Following his ordination, Fr. Basso entered the Society of Saint-Sulpice as a seminary professor. He served several years in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the Diocese of Monterey and the Archdiocese of Seattle. He was sought as an excellent preacher and was in much demand providing retreats for clergy and parish communities throughout the United States.

His gift for language and oration touched the lives of countless families and individuals throughout the Diocese he led. With many, he shared his love for cooking, faith, music, people, movies and books. He was a proud Italian, Croatian, and Michigander, and he was always interested in learning about others' identities and connecting with their experiences.

Fr. Basso moved back home to be with his family as he neared his death. He was surrounded by their love for his final days, and he now rests in eternal peace.

Fr. Basso's family will receive friends 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, October 21, 2018 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home in Battle Creek, where the Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. James S. O'Leary 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 22, 2018 at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, 1628 East G Avenue, Parchment, MI 49004.

Donations may be made in his honor to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan for Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, 222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 100, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 or O'Dea High School in Seattle, Washington, 802 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Father Basso guided us through the most difficult time in our life--the loss of our son Joey. This was at St Mary's in Spokane. He changed our lives with his prayers and and love. We remain blessed by his love and have passed this on to our children.

Posted by Randy&Chris Middleton - Shelton, WA - friend   January 09, 2019

I will always remember our beloved Fr.. Basso. We had many laughs and tears in the years he was at St. Mary's in Spokane VALLEY, WA.. and in Seattle. I dearly loved him.

Posted by Laurel Orr - Spokane, WA - Friend   November 13, 2018

I was a child when Fr. Basso was my priest at St. Rose in Longview, but I have always remembered him fondly. I remember the time we celebrated Columbus Day in his honor (because the Italians don't get the same honor as the Irish). We surprised him by having the whole school learn his full name...Ricardo Guissepe Antonio Stefano Basso (pronounced Baah-so). I hold many happy memories of him in my heart and will always. Prayers for his family.

Posted by Jennifer O'Farrell - Longview, WA   October 29, 2018

Dick was a very close friend to me and my entire family. We first met in 1965 and remained close over the many years since. He helped me, as a young man, through some very confusing and troubling times. I will never forget his kindness and wisdom. He loved his family and told countless stories about them with pride and joy. He was very much looking forward to returning to Michigan to be with them in his final days. I'm so glad that happened, both for his sake and his family's. I will never forget his homilies, including the one he gave for my mom's memorial in 2014. I was blessed to know Dick and honored that we were friends. I love you, Dick. God bless you. I hope they have the ingredients for your puttanesca recipe in heaven!

Posted by Jack bautsch - Seattle, WA - Friend   October 24, 2018

Father Basso was pastor at St. Rose Parish in Longview, WA, when I went to work at St. Rose School in 1981. He visited the school frequently, once on St. Patrick's Day. He couldn't understand all the attention for the Irish(!) so we, especially Sr. Michael Maureen Hanley and Sr. Barbara Collier, Principal, decided to have a Columbus Day assembly to celebrate Italian-American Heritage; Father Basso was the guest of honor.

I remember him telling the children that his name was pronounced Bahh-so, with a soft A' sound, not Bas-o with the A' pronounced as in bat' or that fish! I still say Ahhh when I think of him!

I still make his famous Italian Biscotti at Christmastime. He was such a gifted homilist, so memories of his homilies tie with the Biscotti in my heart. Rest in God's peace, Father Basso.

Posted by Rosalie McDermid - Longview, WA - Friend   October 23, 2018

We have know Dick for over 40 years &considered him a close & dear friend. We feel like we know you,his family, because of Dick's frequent stories & pictures of you. His family meant so much to him.
We will miss his humor, stories, recipes, & phone calls. He was a good, scaring man who will be missed by many. We are sorry for your loss.
Pat & Lenice Nagle

Posted by Pat & Lenice Nagle - Kennewick, WA - Friend   October 22, 2018

My sincere sympathy to the Father Richard Basso for his passing. He was our parish priest here at St.Matthew
Parish for a year. He is funny and very caring priest. I will always remember his homily with a recipe of pasta and his Croatian sauce. Rest in peace Father Basso and Jesus welcome you home with a big hugs.

Posted by Julia Mangaliag - Seattle, WA - friend   October 21, 2018

Sincere condolences to the Basso family.
My parents were parishioners at St. Joseph & I was attending St Joseph School in Battle Creek when Father Basso would vIsit & say mass. I will, to this day never forget what powerful homilies he would deliver.
He will always be remembered as a very special man delivering God's Word.
Great Memories,
Mike Brown & Family

Posted by Mike Brown - Byron Center, MI - Acquaintance   October 21, 2018

In my favorite Father Basso homily he said people would always ask him what is God's will for me. He said God's will is whatever is right in front of you. He radiated love. Peace and blessings to his family.

Posted by Patty Olson - Seattle, WA   October 21, 2018

I joined my parish in 2009. I had the privilege of being there when Father Basso was a "sub" for us. I was so moved by his love and joy. I will always miss him and remember him.

Posted by Susan Mullen - Seattle, WA   October 18, 2018

I'm so, so sorry to hear about Dick. My love, thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Teri Saxman - Bellevue, MI   October 18, 2018

Fr. Dick gave us our retreat before first vows.
He prepared our group so well giving us a love for our vocation and helping us know about Jesus and the Great Love he has for us.
This was delivered with eloquence and humor.
He often kept us laughing!!

Posted by St. Julie Codd - Burien, WA - Friend   October 17, 2018

Warm memories of the man who listened, cared and was always there for me. I was suffering a lot of turmoil and he took the time to walk me through this dilemma as priest and as my friend. Enjoyed his homilies and remember his signing talent. God bless his family and I know he IS in good hands

Posted by Marilyn Schwingdorf - Longview, WA - Friend   October 16, 2018

Tom and family , So very sorry for yor loss. Love Par @ Bob Bivens

Posted by Bob Bivens - Lexington, KY   October 16, 2018

I am sad to hear of Fr. Basso's passing. He was our parish priest here in the Longview,Washington area in the early 80's. He was a very nice man and a great priest. Very approachable and easy to talk to. I am happy for all of you that he was able to spend his last days with his beloved family and in Michigan. I had not seen Fr. Basso in a long while but he made a lasting impression. Peace to all of you.

Posted by Dianne Caple - Longview, WA - Acquaintance   October 16, 2018

Father Basso did such a wonderful retreat for the Sisters of St. Joseph several years ago. Thank you father Basso for your inspiring words and being such a friend for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in Bellevue.
Sr. Kath Silverthorn, CSJP

Posted by Sr. Silverthorn - Edmonds, WA - Friend   October 15, 2018

I loved Fr. Basso, as did my whole family. He served as pastor in my town church, and was the officiant at my cousin's wedding, as well as my own. He was a true friend, and I already miss him. Peace to you all.

Posted by Jane Lenz - Stanwood, WA - Friend   October 15, 2018

When my family was having an extra hard time, while Father Basso was in Enumclaw, WA, he took extra measures to help us out. My children loved him, too & cried when he left Sacred Heart. When I heard of his passing at Mass this morning, I cried, again, but they were happy tears for having been blessed with some part of my life having been blessed by his. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful member of your family with so many of ours.

Posted by Kathy Kurfurst - Bonney Lake, WA   October 14, 2018

I had the privilege of serving with Dick at St. Rose Church in Longview. He was a treasured colleague and a well-loved pastor. I will always remember his welcoming nature, wonderful sense of humor . . . and great home cooking! Thank you for everything, my friend.

Posted by Jim O'Grady - Greenbank, WA   October 14, 2018

Dick was a boss, mentor, colleague, and dear friend. A theologically trained layperson in the late 1980's, I was hired by Dick to be the pastoral associate in a parish in Enumclaw, WA. Ever the envelope pusher, Dick insisted I preach at all the Masses every third Sunday. Dick was such a fine orator and fabulous preacher that my goal was to preach well enough that the assembly didn't start chanting "We want Dick! We want Dick" which would have been completely understandable. Above all, I will remember stimulating conversations, his humor, laughter, intelligence, guidance, support, friendship, and love of my family. Dick loved his family and spoke of them so often and so fondly that I felt as though I knew them. Heaven's gain is the earth and ecclesial community's great loss. With gratefulness and joy for you, Dick! Condolences to his family.

Posted by Dan Miller - Hacienda Hts., CA - Friend   October 14, 2018

Tom, Cathy, and all the Family --
Our thoughts, prayers, and Love are with all of you in the passing of Tom's brother, Father Dick.

Posted by Ron & Joan Tuttle - Battle Creek, MI - Family Friend   October 14, 2018

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Posted by Alison Peters    October 14, 2018

I met Dick in Seattle, but I was born in Battle Creek so Dick and I had an instant bond. My husband Bill and I would agree that our lives were greatly enriched by Dick. We treasure time enjoying Italian dinners together, having him preside at our marriage and being such dear friends for many decades. I always walked away from time with Dick with such a strong sense of JOY from just being in his presence. His quick wit, genuine dialogue and loving nature were just a few of the qualities that endeared him to so many people. We are grateful for the time we spent with him in Seattle, just a day before he left for Michigan. Every delicious Italian dinner or glass of fine Italian wine will take me right back to fond memories of Dick.

Posted by Jeanne Mazzoni - Edmonds, WA   October 13, 2018

Posted by Jeanne Mazzoni - Edmonds, WA   October 13, 2018

Only a small cadre of the many people gathered in a lifetime inspire joy and hope and knowledge and wisdom. With immense thanks and gratitude, Father Basso was one of those people in my life. May the Spirit of peace and laughter cradle him into eternity.

Posted by Michael Reinbold - Portland, OR - Friend   October 13, 2018

We have been close friends since age 13. Dick was a bubbling font of joy, a witty commentator on human foibles, and a perceptive reader of the human heart. He had abundant learning and wisdom and with them gladly served God and his fellow human beings. With Dick, life was in full color and sound. He was such a blessing.......(Msgr.) Gus Ancona

Posted by Gaspar Ancona - Grand Rapids, MI - Friend   October 13, 2018

One special person. This world will miss him. He was the best. Hugs and love to his family.

Posted by Judy Markovich - Battle Creek, MI - Family Friend   October 10, 2018

Dick was not only our priest and pastor, but also our very good friend. We shared a love of cooking Italian, wonderful dinner parties with friends, reading good mysteries and love of family. Although we were together only infrequently in the past few years, we were together in thought, frequently remarking, Dick would love this! We will miss his kindness, generosity and friendship.

Posted by Roberta and Tom Morrison - Enumclaw, WA - Friend   October 08, 2018

The trip I took to PNC Park in Pittsburgh with Dick and Phil Basso and my Brother in Law Larry Stevens on Fathers Day 2004 will be a lasting and cherished memory. The Seattle Mariners beat the Pirates on an RBI double by Ichiro Suzuki and it was an exciting game. But it was the drive to and from Pittsburgh and the camaraderie and conversation that made the trip great. Dick was an extremely thoughtful and caring Man and a wonderful conversationalist. He was a true Servant of God and is now enjoying the fruits of his lifetime of service.

Then the King will say to those on His right, Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'
Matthew 25:34-36

Posted by JEFFREY WHEATON - KALAMAZOO, MI - Family Friend   October 08, 2018