Robert A. “Bob” Basham

By The Curry Coastal Pilot September 25, 2013 11:40 am

Robert A. “Bob” Basham
Robert A. “Bob” Basham
Robert A. “Bob” Basham passed away Sept. 20, 2013, at a local care facility in Brookings. He was 88.

 Bob was born June 28, 1925, in Oakland, Calif., to John C. and Ruth (Patrick) Basham. He grew up in Walnut Creek, Calif. 

In 1943, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served until being honorably discharged in 1946. 

He then began what would be a more than a 40-year career in the banking industry, retiring from Puget Sound Bank in 1990. 

Bob was a graduate of the American Institute of Banking. He was a former chairman of the Redevelopment Agency in Long Beach, Calif., and senior staff commodore for the Long Beach Yacht Club. He was also staff commodore for the Little Ships Fleet of Long Beach. Bob was an active commercial, multi-engine pilot for most of his adult life. He was a member and former governor of the Quiet Birdmen Medford Hanger.

He and his wife, Mary Lou, whom he married in Long Beach on March 17, 1977, moved to Brookings in 1990 where Bob was active for 15 years with the Cape Ferrelo Fire Department, having served as captain. He was also chairman of the Curry County Crime Stoppers and a member of the Marine Corps League, Calvin E. Murphy Detachment 578 where he served on the honor guard firing detail.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Jon Reuter of Murrieta, Calif., and Charlotte and Roy Walker of Victorville, Calif.; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons; sister Anne Reed and her husband Clarence of Redding, Calif. 

Bob was preceded in death by his wife Mary Lou, in 2010; and two sons.

 Private interment was held at W. J. Ward Memorial Cemetery.

 Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.