BESSEMER / MARQUETTE, MI. - Basil J. Buchko, Sr., formerly of Bessemer and Marquette, Michigan entered his eternal rest on Monday, December 17, 2012 at age 100.
Basil was born on September 18, 1912 in Bessemer, Michigan to Andrew and Anna Buchko. He began working in the grocery store business in elementary school, eventually becoming owner of the store. Basil graduated from A.D. Johnson high school in Bessemer in 1931, and in later years attended Northern Michigan University. Basil was elected Mayor of Bessemer in 1940. He served three terms before enlisting in the Army to serve his country in World War II.
Upon Basil's return to the United States, he opened a grocery store in Marquette which he operated until 1963. In the same year he returned to government service becoming store manager at the K.I. Sawyer AFB Commissary. Basil later took a position as Commissary Officer in Stuttgart, Germany and retired in 1974.
In his retirement, Basil, together with his late wife Geneva, managed the KeenAger facilities in Wakefield, Michigan and Appleton, Wisconsin: KeenAger's is an assisted living and adult foster care facility established by the late Rev. William Staudemaier.
Basil was preceded in death by his wife Geneva, four sisters; Ann Fassbender, Zita Dianda, Jean Schwenk, Mary Jane Robertson and three brothers; Raymond, Andreas and Michael.
He is survived by daughters; Shirley Salminen (Michael), Anne Tess (Scott), son; Basil Jr. (Heather), seven grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.
A memorial mass will be held at St. Michael's Catholic Church on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 10 A.M.