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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I graduated from King High School in 1959. I married John Williams of the Rio Grande Valley on September 4 of 1959. After attending Texas A&I for a year, my husband, John was called by Uncle Sam for duty with the Army and we spent two years stationed at Killeen, TX. We then moved to College Station where John graduated from A&M and I worked for the Texas Highway Department. We had a wonderful time at A&M and have many fond memories of that time in our lives. After John's graduation we moved to Victoria Texas where he was the assistant county agent. While living in Victoria our son, Troy, the joy of our lives was born 0n January 14 of 1966. We returned to John's home town, Harlingen, Tx, when Troy was 18 months old. The Rio Grande Valley has been our home since 1967. My husband and I own Bayview Orchard Service, Inc. and have been in business since July of 1978. We have three wonderful grandchilren, Madison 15, Reagan 11 and Harrison 8. Troy his wife, Wendy, and the chilren make their home in Knoxville, TN.
I appreciate all the hard work that the Class of 1958 has done to bring us back to celebrate their big "50" reunion. Looking forward to seeing everyone.
Sue Willbanks Williams (1959)
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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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