Russell Basler

May 2, 1931 ~ January 11, 2021

Russell Valentine Basler

Russell Valentine Basler, 89, of Bonne Terre, passed away January 11, 2021 at his home.  He was born May 2, 1931 in Kinsey, Missouri to the late Frank A. and Mary M. (Kertz) Basler and proudly served our country in the United States Army.  He was a dedicated farmer in the community working hand in hand through the years for the betterment of farmers across the nation. He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 63 years, Ruth Naomi (Miller).  Brothers and sisters preceding him in death include Elizabeth A. (Basler) Wood, Leonard F. Basler, Philomena V. (Basler) Silies, Genevieve R. (Basler) Zerwig, Albert H. Basler, Cletis F. Basler, Agnes A. (Basler) Moser, and Alice T. (Basler) Ringwald. 

Russell was a member of the Ste. Anne Catholic Church and known to be organizationally skilled to "get things done."  He will be remembered fondly as a devout believer in his Lord.  He was also a member of The Veterans of Foreign War and The American Legion having served in the Korean War. His dedication and love of country was immense, a true patriot. 

Russell is survived by his children, Kathleen A. Morris and her husband Donald of Imperial, Mary Lou Basler of Farmington, Lucretia J. Craig and her husband Robert T. III of Blue Springs, and Kenneth R. Basler and his wife Laura of Bonne Terre; two granddaughters, Lindsay N. Morris of Chandler, Arizona and Victoria L. Craig and her fiancé Adam Samson of London, England, 3 grandsons, Nicholas R. Basler and his fiancé Alexis Casteel of Imperial, Lucas R. Basler and Sarah Mann of Farmington, and Ryan A. Morris of Imperial; great-grandchildren, Dean, Harper, Benton and Bella Rose; one brother Clarence E. Basler of Farmington

Visitation will be 8:30 am Thursday, January 14, 2021 at C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home in Bonne Terre.  Funeral mass will be 11 am at Ste. Anne Church in French Village with Rev. Stephen F. Bauer officiating.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, face coverings will be required and social distancing will be implemented at both C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Homes and Ste. Anne Church. Interment will follow at Ste. Anne Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Friends of the St. Louis University Liver Center through

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  1. Dearest Basler family. My breath just left me as I saw the notice of Russell's passing. My family and I are so sorry. Charles and all of us thought the world of both Russell and Ruth. Please accept our most sincere condolences.

  2. To the Basler Family: This makes me so sad. I knew Ruth and Russell all my life. (Was even the flower girl in their wedding.) Russell was always so upbeat and sincerely happy to see me at St. Anne church events and Ruth was so multi-talented. I know they will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathy. 

  3. Mary Lou and Family we are in shock to see this, can't imagine losing both of your Parents so close together, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We thought so much of both of your Parents they will be missed. Lot's of great memories from St. Anne's. Virtual Hugs! Deepest Sympathy!

    Ella Mae, Larry

  4. to the Basler family, I wrote my sympathy to your Mom Ruth' passing on and
    now your Dad/Grandad passing just this past Monday. They are together now
    in heaven. God Bless us all, Char

  5. Our deepest sympathies go to your family. We have many wonderful memories of Ruth and Russell from St. Joseph and St. Anne.

  6. Our deepest sympathy to you all.  So very sad that you have lost your parents, grandparents and great grandparents .  We will remember them in our prayers

  7. Dear Basler Family, We are so sorry to hear of your fathers passing, especially so soon after your mother's. He was so dear!
    Prayers for you all, may God hold you close and carry you.
    Our condolences and love. Blake and Jennifer

  8. Kathleen, Mary Lou, Lucretia and Kenneth,
    Nothing we can say will ease the pain you all are going through right now. Please know we continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Tom and Linda

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