Duane Housel Basse, age 85, passed away on Monday, July 29th, 2019 at his home of 36 years in the Black Forest area of Colorado Springs. He had been a resident of the Colorado Springs area since 1968, moving there from Denver, Colorado. He was a self-employed business owner.
He was born on January 2, 1934 on a farm in Madison County, Nebraska to William E. Basse and Rosalie M. (Housel) Basse. The family moved to Denver when he was very young, and he grew up there. After High School he went for 1 year to University of Denver. In 1952 he served in the Military, joining the United States Coast Guard.
After his service, he returned to Denver, and through friends, met his lovely wife of the next 60 years, Donna Eckert. They were married on May 10, 1959.
Duane is survived by his wife Donna Lee (Eckert) Basse, their children Sherri Annette (Basse) Byrd (Clint), Michael William Basse (Carrie) and Susan Elaine (Basse) Nelsen, as well as nine grandchildren, one great grandchild, and his sister Phyllis Smith. He is preceded in death by his parents, and eldest sister Geraldine, and older brother Vern.
We will always remember him for his love of horses, boating and skiing (water and snow). His love of horses was the catalyst for building his beloved home on property in the Black Forest, were he chose Morgan horses to breed and show. He loved boating, ski boats, and later in life, a houseboat that he just loved going to. Water skiing and snow skiing made skiing a year-round hobby to spend time doing.
There will be a funeral service 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 10th at the Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel, 1730 E Fountain Blvd. Burial will take place after at Fairmount Cemetery in Denver, Colorado at 430 S Quebec St.
Memorials in lieu of flowers can be made to any of the horse rescue organizations.