Kenneth Bass Sr., 88 Brazil, died Tuesday at St. Vincent Clay Hospital.
Born in Clay County, he was the son of Theodore Bass Sr. and Laura Mae (Bryan) Bass.
He attended Van Buren High School, before going to work on the railroad. He started working at the Brazil Fire Department before going to serve in the U.S. Air Force during WWII. After the service, he went back to work at the Brazil Fire Department and later became the fire chief, serving as chief for eight years, retiring in 1969. Following retirement, he continued working in maintenance, and machine work for Log Cabin Coal, Clarks Sand and Gravel, and the Windbreaker Plant.
He married Kathryn Marie Doliana on Dec. 2, 1940. She died Nov. 28, 2000.
Surviving are daughter Mary Kathryn Lanham and husband Bill, Brazil; sons, Jim Bass and wife Vickie, Fishers, Tom Bass and wife Suzan, West Land, Mich., and Paul Bass and wife Joyce, Brazil; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, infant son John Joseph Bass, son Kenny Bass Jr., sisters Mary Elizabeth Weaver and Virginia Freeman, brothers Edward "Bob" Bass and Theodore Bass Jr., four infant siblings and stepparents Joseph and Mary Howald.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Annunciation Church, Brazil. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday at French Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services Friday.
Rosary service will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery.