Loss of a Class member. Dean Bass
We received word yesterday that Dean Bass passed away last week. 09/10/11
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Memorial for Dean Bass
Burton Dean Bass
Nov. 7, 1939-Sept. 8, 2011
Dean was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. His family moved to Mexico when he was about 2 & 1/2 and remained there about 5 years.
At this time his family moved to Okla. From here they made their home in the Valley of So. Tex.
The next move for his family was to Kingsville, Texas during his Jr. High days.
He graduated from H.M. King High School in 1959. He was very active in their sports programs; running track and playing both basketball and football. In 1958 he served as a football captain along with Arturo Flores, James Pilot, Doug Harvey, and Ronny Johnson. He received a scholarship from the University of Houston where he played defensive end in their football program.
Upon graduating from U. of H., Dean began a career in the steel industry. This career took him to Mexico where he worked until his retirement. One of the highlights of his career was to be the overseer in building a steel plant and then putting it into operation.
Dean is survived by his son, Travis, his sister, Sue Bass (Wiley) Barton as well as several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.
Memorials may be made in Dean's name to the charity of your choice.
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Well, let's begin following graduation from HMK. I attended Texas A&I University in Kingsville and received a degree in Animal Science. I met the best thing that ever happened to me (my wife) in Dr. Rhodes English Class in our freshman year. A couple of years later I married Sylvia Dailey from
Fort Worth on June 2, 1961. We have four children and 7 grandchildren. I have been involved in the farming and ranching business in Georgia and Texas (Kleberg, Wharton, Rusk and Kenedy Counties). Shortly after college graduation I managed a Santa Gertrudis Cattle operation at Winnstead Plantation in Thomasville, Georgia. After 6 years in Georgia and the birth of 3 of our children, we moved back to Kingsville to take over the family farm and ranch after my dad's retirement. I have expanded my cattle operation over the past few years and it really keeps me busy. I really plan to retire "some day". Being involved in civic organizations like Farm Bureau, County Livestock Show, St. Paul Lutheran Church and various other worthwhile organizations I was selected the 2003 Citizen of the Year by the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce. One of the highlights of being honored was having the Kleberg Kenedy County Junior Livestock Show dedicated to me at the 50th Anniversary of the show, especially since I showed a heifer at the first show.
Sylvia received her degree in Elementary Education from Texas A&I and taught the First United Methodist Church Kindergarten class for 5 years. She remained a stay at home mom until all the children were gone from home. At this time she opened a ladies' boutique, Cactusflower, in Kingsville. One and a half years ago she sold the business and is now retired. She experienced a bout with breast cancer 3 years ago but has remained very active in the community. For her community service work she was awarded the "2005 Otis West Lifetime Service Award".
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CHIUMINATTO Martin J. Chiuminatto, age 90, a resident of Kingsville, Texas passed away Tuesday, January 25, 2011 in Kingsville. He was born in Beaumont, Texas to Martin and Rose Oliveri Chiuminatto. Mr. Chiuminatto taught at the Kingsville Independent School District as an industrial arts teacher for over 30 years until his retirement. He had earned a bachelors and masters degree from Texas College of Arts and Industries. Mr. Chiuminatto was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and subsequently retired from the Navy Reserve as a Chief Petty Officer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, John C. Chiuminatto; and two sisters, Mary Messina and Peggy Staten.
Mr. Chiuminatto is survived by his wife, Jimmie Sue Chiuminatto of Kingsville; son, Martin J. (Mary) Chiuminatto Jr. of Kingsville; daughter, Lee (Jim) Means of Waukesha, Wisconsin; two step-daughters, Lisa (Steve) Manus of Houston, Texas and Kim (Kevin) Davis of Weesatche, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will take place on Friday, January 28, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Turcotte-Piper Mortuary with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Turcotte-Piper Mortuary Chapel with Roy Smalling officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Kingsville at Chamberlain Cemetery.
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