Ronald B. Basquin, 80, of Hiawatha, passed away Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids, surrounded by his loving family after an extended illness. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hiawatha. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Visitation will also be held one hour before the service Friday at the church. Burial will be in the Rowley Cemetery.
Ronald Boyd Basquin was born Aug. 10, 1937, in Buchanan County, Iowa, to Boyd and Lela (Sheppard) Basquin. Ronald was the oldest of five children. He graduated from Rowley Consolidated High School in 1955. He was a proud "Rowley Rocket."
On Aug. 27, 1958, he married Rita Michael from Walker, Iowa. In 1958, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, proudly serving until 1961. Ronald worked as a lab technician and an electrical engineer for Rockwell Collins for over 35 years. He was a longtime member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hiawatha. Ronald enjoyed going to his grandchildren's sporting events, meeting friends for coffee, watching sports on TV, maintaining an immaculate yard and house and exercising at the recreation center. His favorite sport was baseball, both coaching and playing.
Survivors include his wife, Rita Basquin of Hiawatha; daughters, Pam (Jim) Zelle of Marion, Brenda (Matt) Westphalen of Waukesha, Wis., and Lee (Dave) Smith of Des Moines; son, Steve (Susan) Basquin of Hiawatha; grandchildren, Sarah and Allison Zelle, Aaron and Brooke Westphalen, and Andrew, Payton, Avery and Logan Basquin; sisters, Linda Hosford of Plainfield, Ill., Janice (Dick) Wilkinson of Naples, Fla., and Patricia (Robert) McNamara of Jupiter, Fla.; sister-in-law, Marilyn Basquin of Independence; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ronald was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John (Jack) Basquin; and brother-in-law, Ronald Hosford.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be left at www.cedarmemorial.com.