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“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...Read More »
1 of 32 | Posted by: Randy&Chris Middleton - Shelton, WA

“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....Read More »
2 of 32 | Posted by: Laurel Orr - Spokane, WA - Friend

“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...Read More »
3 of 32 | Posted by: Jennifer O'Farrell - Longview, WA

“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...Read More »
4 of 32 | Posted by: Jack bautsch - Seattle, WA

“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...Read More »
5 of 32 | Posted by: Rosalie McDermid - Longview, WA

“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 &...Read More »
6 of 32 | Posted by: Pat & Lenice Nagle - Kennewick, WA

“My sincere sympathy to the Father Richard Basso for his passing. He was our parish priest here at St.MatthewParish for a year. He is funny and...Read More »
7 of 32 | Posted by: Julia Mangaliag - Seattle, WA

“Sincere condolences to the Basso family.My parents were parishioners at St. Joseph & I was attending St Joseph School in Battle Creek when Father...Read More »
8 of 32 | Posted by: Mike Brown - Byron Center, MI

“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...Read More »
9 of 32 | Posted by: Patty Olson - Seattle, WA

“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...Read More »
10 of 32 | Posted by: Susan Mullen - Seattle, WA

“I'm so, so sorry to hear about Dick. My love, thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
11 of 32 | Posted by: Teri Saxman - Bellevue, MI

“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...Read More »
12 of 32 | Posted by: St. Julie Codd - Burien, WA

“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...Read More »
13 of 32 | Posted by: Marilyn Schwingdorf - Longview, WA

“Tom and family , So very sorry for yor loss. Love Par @ Bob Bivens ”
14 of 32 | Posted by: Bob Bivens - Lexington, KY

“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...Read More »
15 of 32 | Posted by: Dianne Caple - Longview, WA

“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...Read More »
16 of 32 | Posted by: Sr. Silverthorn - Edmonds, WA

“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...Read More »
17 of 32 | Posted by: Jane Lenz - Stanwood, WA - Friend

“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,...Read More »
18 of 32 | Posted by: Kathy Kurfurst - Bonney Lake, WA

“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...Read More »
19 of 32 | Posted by: Jim O'Grady - Greenbank, WA

“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...Read More »
20 of 32 | Posted by: Dan Miller - Hacienda Hts., CA

“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. ”
21 of 32 | Posted by: Ron & Joan Tuttle - Battle Creek, MI

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“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...Read More »
26 of 32 | Posted by: Jeanne Mazzoni - Edmonds, WA

The night we closed down SALVATORE'S
27 of 32 | Posted by: Jeanne Mazzoni - Edmonds, WA

“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,...Read More »
28 of 32 | Posted by: Michael Reinbold - Portland, OR

“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...Read More »
29 of 32 | Posted by: Gaspar Ancona - Grand Rapids, MI

“One special person. This world will miss him. He was the best. Hugs and love to his family. ”
30 of 32 | Posted by: Judy Markovich - Battle Creek, MI

“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,...Read More »
31 of 32 | Posted by: Roberta and Tom Morrison - WA

“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...Read More »
32 of 32 | Posted by: JEFFREY WHEATON - KALAMAZOO, MI

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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

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