THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Earl M. Bass
Issue Date: October 24, 2019
Earl M. Bass, 54, passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 at home with his wife, Mary Ann by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born Oct. 31, 1964 in Chicago, Ill., to the late Earl H and Margaret (Van Eck) Bass, he graduated from Paw Paw High School (MI) and then earned an Associate Degree in Agriculture from Michigan State University. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard where he served on the USS Constitution patrolling the US boarder waters on the Bearing Sea.
After an honorable discharge, he worked in Lansing as a compliance assistant with the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) for the State of Michigan. After eight years he took the position of Menominee County Executive Director where he loved working with all the local producers until his retiring in spring of 2002. He married Mary Ann (Jaros, Dietz) on Feb. 14, 1980 in Clinton, Mi.
He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter, fisher and trapper. In retirement he and his wife took many hunting excursions, including harvesting his Boone and Crocket Shiras moose, Commemorative Black Bear, several Saskatchewan Black bears, Alaskan Caribou and paddle fishing in Oklahoma.
A member of the OH SH.. Camp in Greenwoods, he enjoyed sharing his love for the outdoors with his grandchildren, making maple syrup, planting and cutting trees, woodworking and riding his Harley. They took many bike trips to Sturgis, S.D. and rode in the Harley Davidson 100th Anniversary Ride in Milwaukee.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; four children, Ken (Brandi) Dietz, Rich Dietz, Laurie (Tim Himmelmann) and Wally (Jenny) Dietz; a sister, Merle (Roger) Heineke; a brother, Roger (Jane) Bass; five grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Robert Jaros; sisters-in-law, Carol (Scott) Nugteren and Kathleen (Bill) Crook and many nieces and nephews.
His parents preceded him in death.
The immediate family received him at home for their final goodbye on Oct. 22. Burial was at Country Gardens in Daggett, Mi. with Military Rites. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home of Stephenson assisted the family with arrangements.