Joseph M. Bass, 67, of Bourbonnais, died Sunday (Sept. 30, 2018) at home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born July 29, 1951 in Topeka, Kan., the son of James L. and Claretta C. “Rita” Bass. He spent most of his life in Bourbonnais. He married Debra S. Roush on Nov. 30, 1974.
Joseph was an Eagle Scout and spent many years scouting with his three brothers and his father. He loved being in nature and was an avid hunter and fisherman his entire life. He loved to share this passion with others by spending time with friends and family outdoors.
He loved people and was a friend to many. He was a follower of Jesus, which played an important role in his life. He was involved in his church, River Valley Christian Fellowship, and served as a leader in the church’s Celebrate Recovery program for many years.
He was a skilled craftsman and builder. In addition to creating beautiful furniture and items with wood, Joe could fix many things — cars, plumbing, electrical and more. He was readily available to lend a helping hand to friends and family. He built his family home 40 years ago and filled it with love and laughter.
Joseph served in the U.S. Air Force from 1970-1973. He attained the rank of sergeant and was honorably discharged.
He had an incredible work ethic and put his heart and soul into every project he did. He had a passion for construction and building and began his career working alongside his father. He worked in residential construction for 30 years and spent the last 20 years supervising commercial construction projects.
Surviving are his loving wife; his children, Katherine Dever, of Bourbonnais, Lucas (Jasmine) Bass, of Crane, Mo., Clayton (Alyssa) Bass, Mary Bass and Susanne (Peter) Bult, all of Bourbonnais; one beloved grandchild, Cora Dever; his mother; and his brothers, Gene (Carolyn) Bass, of Bourbonnais, and David (Jeri) Bass, of Tolono.
Preceding him in death were his father; and brother, Mark D. Bass.
A celebration of life will be from 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, until the 5 p.m. funeral service at River Valley Christian Fellowship, Bourbonnais.
Memorials may be made to the Celebrate Recovery program of River Valley Christian Fellowship Church.