Melvin Basel1926 - 2018
Melvin Herman Basel age 92 of Rogers City
passed away June 10, 2018 at Orchard Manor.
He was born April 27, 1926 in Belknap Township
to Albert and Dora (Noffze) Basel.
He married Gertrude Weiland on June 11, 1949; the two of them owned
and operated Basel Seed Farm until her death on August 3, 1989. On
July 3, 1998 he married Vera Paull-Link who preceded him on October 14,
2014. Mr. Basel was a life-long farmer who was very involved in the
community, He served as the Belknap Township Treasurer for 46 years,
on the Michigan Certified Seed Board; receiving the Farm Manager of
the Year Award in 1983, He served on the Presque Isle Electric
Cooperative from 1965 through 1995 and was the Chair from 1978
through 1987, and Wolverine Power Board from 1985 through 1992 and
Chair for 3 years, Melvin was active with the local Farm Bureau group,
and was an Elder for St. Michael Lutheran Church, Belknap for many
Melvin is survived by:
2 sons, Duane (Terry) Basel and Steve (Sylvia) Basel of Hawks;
2 grandsons, Eric (Samantha) Basel and Nathan Basel;
3 step-granddaughters, Amy (Joe) Brewbaker, Carrie (Matt) Lewis and
Chrissy (Ron) Smolinski;
l great grandson and 5 step great grandchildren,
He is also survived by his Orchard Manor Family where he resided for
the past 3 years,
He was preceded in death by:
sisters, Marion Smith and Harriet Appel; and
his brother, Arthur.
Friends may visit at the St. Michael Lutheran Church on Tuesday,
June 12th from 11:00 a.m, through time of his funeral at 12:00 p.m.
with Pastor Keith Schneider officiating,
Interment will follow in the St. Michael Lutheran Cemetery,
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Michael Lutheran
Church or McLaren Home Care and Hospice in memory of Melvin Basel.