Charles W. Bass, age 65, died Thursday, December 18, 2008, at his home following a long, courageous fight with cancer.
Charles Wendell was born July 11, 1943, in Rochester, MN, to Wendell and Lorraine (Mathen) Bass. He married Barbara J. Schaefer on July 10, 1965, in Afton, MN. Chuck was the owner and founder of Mec-Pro Manufacturing in Winona, which he started in 1975, and where he took great pride in engineering and building customized machinery for the grain malting and fiberglass composite industries.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Barbara, three sons: Matthew (Angela) Bass, Byron, MN, Michael (Charlot) Bass, Lakeville, MN, and Daniel Bass, Goodview, MN, five grandchildren: Hannah, Emily, Megan, Jennifer, and Shawn, his mother, Lorraine Bass, Rochester, MN, two sisters: Julie (David) Bass-Haugen, St. Paul, MN, and Debra (Jay) Fotland, Rochester, MN, two brothers: John (Mary Jo) Bass, Rochester, MN, and Roger Bass, Rochester, MN, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father.
Chuck was fond of saying, “The happiest people are the curious dreamers,” and he lived that philosophy by pursuing many of his passions during his short life. He was a licensed private pilot and an avid sailor; he enjoyed woodworking, fixing machinery, the outdoors, spending time at his cabin in northern Minnesota, and fishing with his grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by his many friends and family
Services to remember Chuck will be 10:30 AM, Monday, December 22, 2008, at Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, Winona with Rev. William Flesch officiating.
The family will greet friends from 3:00 to 7:00 PM, Sunday, December 21, at Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, Winona and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Monday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center; 1900 South Ave.; La Crosse, WI 54601; or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Minnesota Chapter; 8441 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 340; Golden Valley, MN 55426
Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com. Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Winona, MN.