Jewell F. ‘J.F.’ Basinger

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Jewell F. “J.F.” Basinger, age 83, of Leasburg, MO passed away Thursday, December 26, 2019 at St. James Living Center in St. James, MO.

Jewell Francis was born on June 13, 1936 in Latham, MO, the son of Jewell C. and Frances E. (Campbell) Basinger. He grew up in Latham and attended school there. Jewell was united in marriage to Betty Talley on June 1, 1957 in St. Charles, MO, and they were blessed with two children, Dean and Debbie. For the majority of his life, J.F. was employed as a machinist in tool and die. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Meramec Group for ten years, and then owned his own machine shop for three years. J.F. took an interest in ham radio for many years and he also enjoyed drag racing. His first mustang, also his favorite car, was a 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible. Most importantly, Jewell was a family man who enjoyed spending his time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. J.F. will be lovingly remembered and missed by his family and friends.

J.F. is survived by his wife, Betty (Talley) Basinger of Leasburg, MO; two children, Dean Basinger and wife Dottie of Bourbon, MO and Debbie Spurgeon and husband Mark of Sullivan, MO; eight grandchildren: Elizabeth Henn and husband Andy of Bourbon, MO, Jennifer Ahrens (Justin Hunicke) of Bourbon, MO, Deana Gebhard and husband Mike of Pacific, MO, Sean Basinger and wife Denea of Sullivan, MO, Jimmy Spurgeon of Union, MO, Justin Spurgeon and wife Tina of Villa Ridge, MO, Jeremy Spurgeon and wife Amanda of Union, MO and Kristen Fiedler and husband Josh of Sullivan, MO; 16 great-grandchildren: Silas, Dominick, Jetta, John, J.C., Prudence, Ethan, Ella, Kendra, Landon, Lexis, Devin, Abby, Vincent, Paxton and Maiya; two sisters, Christeen Karleskint and husband Jack of Sedalia, MO and June Harman and husband Eddie of California, MO; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jewell C. and Frances (Campbell) Basinger; and two daughters in infancy, Sharon and Laura Basinger.

Funeral services were conducted 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at Sullivan Family Worship Center in Sullivan, MO, officiated by Pastor Duncan Skiles. Interment followed in Lea Cemetery, Leasburg, MO.

Visitation was held from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, December 30, 2019 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, MO. 

Memorial contributions, in Mr. Basinger’s memory, may be made to his family.

Friends may send online condolences to the Basinger family at

All arrangements were under the care of the Eaton Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Sullivan, MO.

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