Raymond Roy Bassett

April 15, 1928–August 30, 2018

Raymond Roy Bassett, age 90, Joplin, passed away at 5:32 a.m. Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Mercy Hospital after an illness.

Raymond was born April 15, 1928 in Joplin to the late Rutherford Roy Bassett and Zenith Edna Warford Bassett.

As a young man, he worked at Hunter Printing in Joplin. He later lived in Moriarty, New Mexico where he worked as a police officer and managed the Oasis Motel. Raymond and his family moved back to Joplin in 1965, where he managed the Rocket Motel. He had a creative mind and loved colors and art. His creative outlet was Bassett Signs, which he opened in 1955 and retired in 1997. Raymond was an accomplished artist and painter. He did multiple family portraits and landscapes. His creative flair led him to start making jewelry and eventually opened the Ozark Silversmith. He loved listening to music and loved spending time with his family. He loved animals, especially cats, and fed every animal around including raccoons, squirrels and opossums, or anything else he could get close to. He had the opossums named Tom, Dick, and Harry.

He was a veteran of the United States Army and served in World War II.

Raymond married Virginia Moffet on September 5, 1947 in Girard, Kansas. She survives at the home.
Additional survivors include four children, Ronald Bassett and wife, Billie, Joplin, Richard Bassett and wife, Sandy, Sparks, Nevada, Nancy Orton and husband, Mike, Joplin, Susan McClure, Ft. Scott, Kansas; twelve grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and numerous great great grandchildren.

Services are planned for Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Parker Mortuary. Rev. Jeff Martin will officiate. Interment will follow at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Joplin Humane Society, in care of Parker Mortuary.

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