William Edward "Bill" Bassler, Sr.

  • Born: September 25, 1940
  • Died: February 27, 2020
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

William Edward Bassler, Sr., 79 of Battle Creek, MI died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Bill was born September 25, 1940 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Donald Bradley and Lillian (Costen) Bassler. He was a lifelong Battle Creek resident, was a member of the Class of 1959 at Battle Creek Central High School, but received his high school diploma from Lakeview High School. At the age of 19 he started washing windows and in 1966 purchased Cereal City Window Cleaning Company, which he owned and operated most of his life, with his wife and sons. Bill was twice named Small Business Man of the Year by the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce.

Bill married Jeannette Marie Green on June 22, 1959. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeannette on November 29, 1996. Surviving are his companion for 13 years, Ginger Aburn of Battle Creek; daughter, Tracy L. (Jim) Hudspeth of Battle Creek; son Todd W. (Chris) Bassler of Battle Creek; three grandchildren, Shawn E. Bassler, Tiffany, Billy Bassler; one great-grandson, Zander; two sisters, Shirley Sebright of Battle Creek, Betty Cary of Ceresco; and two half-sisters, Peggy (John) Weipert of Battle Creek and Marie (Warren) Marsh of Marion, OH. In addition to his wife, Bill was also preceded in death by his son, William E. "Sqeege" Bassler, Jr. on August 24, 2005; sister, Nancy Childs Tomki, brother, Donald W. Bassler and a half-sister, Donna Bradley.

Bill was a member of the Rhema Word Outreach Center, Harper Creek Optimist Club, Battle Creek Rotary Club, the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, the P.N.A. and had been going daily to the Y-Center for 50 years. Bill played his guitar every day for the majority of his life. He also loved playing the Harmonica, Karaoke, cooking healthy meals with Hungarian Peppers, reading, bowling; and going on senior bus trips and dancing with Ginger. Most every day he stopped in at The Corner Café for fellowship and food. His favorite show was Blue Bloods. Bill will be remembered as a gentleman; he loved people, was very generous and was concerned about city and national politics.

Friends will be received 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. A funeral service to celebrate Bill's life will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2020. Committal and interment will follow at Reese Cemetery in Springfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or The Haven of Rest. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to hear about bill. Please know my prayers are with you in this very difficult time. Bill was a great guy who had such a great sense of humor... He will definately be missed...

Posted by Don Don darling jr. - BATTLE CREEK, MI - Family Friend   March 08, 2020

Bill was one of my best long-time friends at the Y. He and I loved the sauna and spent many hours over the years talking business, music, politics, and life in general. I called him "Mr. Bill". As others have said, he was a true gentleman. I will sorely miss him.

Posted by Dave Tuls - Battle Creek, MI - Acquaintance   March 08, 2020

Nice picture of Bill that captured his frankness, wit, humor, kindness. I always felt I knew what was on Bill's mind. One of a kind.
You are missed.
Dr Kurt Barrettu

Posted by Kurt Barrett - Battle Creek, MI - Acquaintance   March 04, 2020

So sorry for your loss just a great person had so much fun

Posted by Lockwood family Lockwood - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   March 03, 2020

So sorry about your loss. Our condolences go out to family and friends. Uncle Bill will surely be missed.

Posted by Cheryl Mouton - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   March 03, 2020

"Billie B" as he was affectionately called by his Karaoke family was a one in a million gentlemen..I know I personally looked forward to his singing, harmonica accompaniment, and his signature high kick jig. I wull miss him and his " Hey baby doll, where's my hug?" Prayers for strength and healing to you all.

Posted by Crystal Potter - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   March 03, 2020

So very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for comfort and strength during this time of grief.

Posted by Cinda Wood (Blake) - Hillsboro, OR - Family   March 03, 2020

Shawn and family, we send our condolences during this difficult time of loss. Nick and Deb Mathews

Posted by Debra Mathews - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   March 03, 2020

I am so sorry to hear this . Bill was such a nice guy always I would see him at the YMCA and of course at the Eagles with his sister Shirley just enjoying a little conversation. Prayers sent your way

Posted by Lynda Riegle - Battle Creek   March 02, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear about Bill passing, I would be there if I could but unfortunately I will be traveling to Tennessee for my mom's funeral. God bless you all .

Posted by Debbie Blachford - Portage, MI - Friend   March 02, 2020

This man was so great with a guitar and a bowling ball! I am BFF with his daughter Tracy, we been friends since we were 11. Spent many overnights in his home growing up. My father already passsed was his bowling buddy. So sorry he has left us. God Bless him wiit Peace.

Posted by Laurel Payne - Athens, MI - Friend   March 02, 2020