George Baskfield, 87, Sheboygan

November 7, 2018

George J. Baskfield, 87, Sheboygan, died peacefully Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.

He was born in Beaver Dam on Aug. 5, 1931, the son of Earl and Anna Hammer Baskfield.

George attended local schools in Beaver Dam and graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1949. He earned his bachelor’s degree at UW-Whitewater graduating in 1954, and then he attended UW-Milwaukee graduating with a master’s degree in education in 1963.

On Aug. 4, 1956, he was united in marriage to Helen Schmidtbauer in Beaver Dam. He always said this was the best thing he ever did. Helen preceded him in death in January 2011. George was an educator for 33 years. He taught business education at Boyceville High School from 1954-1957, Oostburg High School from 1957-1961 and the Sheboygan Area School District (Farnsworth Junior High School) from 1961-1965. George was also a guidance counselor at Farnsworth, Horace Mann and Sheboygan South High School from 1966 until his retirement in 1987.

George was a member of St. Peter Claver Catholic Parish. He was a life member of the National Education Association and Wisconsin Education Association, SCARTA, Wisconsin Retired Educators Association and the Sheboygan County Oldtimers Baseball Association. After Helen’s passing, he along with his good friend Harold started a support group for men caring for those with Alzheimer’s. Through his work with the group, he gained many long-lasting friendships. Although he was no longer the facilitator, he was actively involved.

He had a great love for family and enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed camping with family and friends. During his retirement, George and Helen enjoyed spending winters in Tucson, Arizona. They also spent many years as camp hosts for the Wisconsin State Park System. Through their many years of traveling, they developed many friendships along the way.

Survivors include his three children, Patrick Baskfield (special friend, Renee) of Brown Deer, Mary Jo (David) Opgenorth of Sheboygan, and Michael Baskfield of Waupun; two grandchildren, Kari Opgenorth of Sheboygan and Jamon (Kelle) Opgenorth of Verona; two great-grandchildren, Reagan and Isla Opgenorth of Verona; and a brother, Gerald (Mary) Baskfield of Beaver Dam. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

George was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and his son, James.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, at 11:30 a.m. at Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th St., Sheboygan, with the Rev. Paul Fliss officiating. Family and friends may gather at the funeral home Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, all memorials will be given to the Alzheimer’s Men’s Support group that he and Harold established.

A special thank you to the staff at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for providing comfort and peace.

Online condolences may be expressed at the reinboldfh.com.

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