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 William I. Bass, Jr

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William I. Bass, Jr

  • Birth 20 Oct 1925 Indiana, USA
  • Death 3 Jan 2012 Auburndale, Polk County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 36A Site 411
  • Memorial ID 83018937

Mr. William I. Bass, Jr., 86, of Winter Haven, FL died Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, Fl due to pulmonary fibrosis.

Born Oct. 20, 1925 in Greenwood, Indiana, Mr. Bass served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II, having earned three Battle Stars, a Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart.

Upon discharge, Mr. Bass enrolled in Johns Hopkins University, where following graduation, he joined Sears, Roebuck and Company in 1950. Throughout his career at Sears, he held positions of Store Manager, Group Manager, and Executive Vice President-Eastern Territory, and was a Director of Sears Canada, Inc. and of the Sears-Roebuck Foundation. He retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1986.

After retiring from Sears, he moved to Winter Haven, Florida. During his retirement he enjoyed golfing, working in his yard, and was an avid baseball fan. Mr. Bass will be remembered as a kind and generous friend who loved his family.

He is survived by his daughters Carolyn Crofoot, and Janet Edson, his son Bill, and six grandchildren.

A private service will be held by his family in his honor. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alliance for Lupus Research at www.lupusresearch.org or to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org. Condolences may be sent at www.oakridgefuneralcare.com.


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  • Created by: Dr. William McDonald
  • Added: 5 Jan 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 83018937
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William I. Bass, Jr (20 Oct 1925–3 Jan 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 83018937, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Dr. William McDonald (contributor 47025215) .