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Alton L. “Al” Bass

Alton L. “Al” Bass, 72, of Brimfield, passed away at 6:38 AM on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at OSF Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Galesburg. He was born on June 18, 1947 in Peoria. He married the love of his life Linda Dunn on May 24, 1970 in Laura, Illinois. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Jeff (Angie Thomas) Bass of Cuba; Tom (Becki) Bass of North Dakota; five grandchildren, Tristian (Jessica Lynch) Thomas, Alex (Colin Deakin) Thomas, Ella, Nate and Sam Bass.

Al graduated from Hononegah High School in Rockton, Illinois, then attended and graduated from Elkhart Institute of Tech in Elkhart, Indiana. he was owner and operator of JT Dental Lab in Brimfield, was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge #44 in Farmington, American Legion Post #452 in Brimfield, and a member of the Illinois BMW motorcycle club.

In June of 1967, Al was drafted in the United States Army with the 3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne, and in 1968 he was wounded in the field, and was transferred to Saigon Adventist Hospital then to Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Denver. Al passed away peacefully on Saturday, from what was determined to be a Vietnam-era herbicide-exposed Veteran.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, where visitation will be from 1:00 PM until the time of services. Pastor Ardis Corsaw will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded. Military Honors will be conducted by the United States Army and Canton VFW Post 1984 following the services. Memorials can be made to the Southside Mission. To view Al’s DVD or to leave online condolences please visit

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  • Rick and Donna Hood

    Reply November 27, 2019 11:35 am

    Al you will be missed. So sorry to your family and Grandchildren. You were there rock. R I P. You will be very missed

  • Larry Meaker

    Reply November 27, 2019 5:31 pm

    Sorry for your loss.

  • Mary Kruzan

    Reply November 27, 2019 8:26 pm

    Our deepest condolences to the family. We counted Al as a friend and enjoyed visiting with him. Our prayers go out to Linda, Jeff, Tom and the rest of the family. The world lost a little more light with Al’s passing.
    Ron and Mary Kruzan

  • Jil and John Hoesly

    Reply December 3, 2019 2:07 pm

    Linda and family, we are so sorry to hear of Al’s passing……Prayers.

  • Fred Middleton

    Reply December 4, 2019 3:49 pm

    Linda, Tom and Jeff
    Alton was a good man who lived a good life. Be proud of him. There are no words to express the difficulty you face in his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Roberta Grewey

    Reply December 5, 2019 1:58 pm

    Linda and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Al passing! What a difficult time, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care!

  • Kevin Nickerson

    Reply December 6, 2019 4:55 am

    Linda and family, I am very sorry for your loss. If there is anything I can do or any service I can render please contact me straight away.

  • Bob Conger and Judy

    Reply December 6, 2019 9:26 pm

    Linda, Tom, Jeff, I cant Express my sorrow at Al’s passing. He was always a gentleman and professional. He will be loved and missed. He was more of a friend than I realized at the time and I regret not spending more time with him.

  • Hiram and Verdell Pettey

    Reply December 7, 2019 10:45 pm

    Thank you so much for posting the video for us to see. It was so wonderful to share all the memories of so many years. We feel very fortunate to have had Al for a friend as well as the special friendship of his whole family. We will treasure his and Linda’s last visit to our home in Spooner, WI. Even though it was a short time ago, we always thought there would be more visits, more phone conversations. Our sympathy goes out to Linda and the family. Al will be truly missed. We regret we cannot attend the memorial service. Please keep in touch. May God be with you and give you comfort and peace.

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