William “Bill” O. Basch, 78, Green Bay, a former Stevens Point resident, died Monday, April 2, 2001, at St. Mary’s Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Blaney Funeral Home in Green Bay, with Ann Froelich, the pastoral associate of St. Jude Catholic Church, officiating. Services will also be held at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King. Burial will be in the Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery in King.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mr. Basch was born Oct. 9, 1922, in Steveneville, a son of the late William and Ida (Timm) Basch.
He served in the U.S. Army, enlisting in 1940 and during World War II he fought in the European Theater, landing in Normandy, France, on D-Day-plus two. He was a B.A.R. man, fought in the Normandy hedgerows and was wounded in action while fighting along the Mouselle River. After recovering from his wounds he returned to action and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He received the Bronze Star for courage for rescuing a wounded friend while under fire, plus the Combat Infantry Badge, the Purple Heart, European Theater Medal, two campaign stars, the Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal. He was discharged in 1945.
Twenty years prior to his retirement he worked for the state of Wisconsin as a protective services officer for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and UW-Whitewater. He also trained the first female police officer for the state of Wisconsin.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy; four daughters, Lynel (John) Grover, Green Bay, Elizabeth (Mark) Conjurske and Patricia Basch, both of Appleton, and Kathleen (Christopher) Kluck, Brookfield; three sons, William T., Green Bay, Robert (Mary), St. Paul, Minn., and Kevin (Lori), Stevens Point; one sister, Marion Ertl, Green Bay; and seven grandchildren.