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Clair J. Bassett

April 26, 1927 ~ January 7, 2018 (age 90)

Clair J. Bassett, 90, of Somerset was called home on January 7, 2018 at The Patriot.  Born April 26, 1927 in Connellsville, he is the son of Cline and Arta (Pletcher) Bassett.  Preceded in death by his parents, and brothers R. Paul and Clarence E. Bassett.  He is survived by his loving wife the former Dolores Wertz to whom he was married 68 years, daughter, Gloria (Robert) Pritts, Rockwood, son, Daryl (Nancy Ptak) Bassett, Ohiopyle;  sister Helen Trimmer, Silver Springs, Md; grandson Adam (Liz Diesel) Pritts of Somerset; granddaughter, Katie Bassett of Ohiopyle.  His eyes lit up when great-grandchildren, Jake, Ellic and Sawyer Pritts, and Evie and Miles Diesel were around.  Clair was proud to serve 13 years in the US Army serving in WWII and Korea and enjoyed his tours of duty in Austria, Germany and Italy.  His love of hunting and fishing led him from and oil delivery business in York, PA to Laurel Hill Trout Farm in Somerset which he owned and operated from 1964-1990.  He was a member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Bakersville where he served on council for many years, past trustee of the Bakersville Community Grove, past member of the Bakersville Fire Department, US and PA Trout Farmer's Associations, Laurel Ridge Sportsmen and Laurel Mt. Mission Team.  Friends received 10a.m.-12 noon Wednesday at the Mount Zion Lutheran Church in Bakersville where a service will immediately follow at 12 noon with Reverend Dena M. Gable officiating.  Interment Bakersville Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church , 3096 Glades Pike, Somerset, PA 15501.  Military rites accorded by the Somerset County Honor Guard.  Arrangements by the Hauger-Zeigler Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Somerset.

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