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Mr. George Bassler

Mr. George Laurence Bassler, 78, of Four Points Road, Emmitsburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, at his home. He was the husband of Florence C. Bassler. They were married for 52 years.

Born Nov. 10, 1924, in Simpsonville, Howard County, he was a son of the late George F. and Esther E. Iager Bassler. He was a member of Elias Evangelical Lutheran Church, Emmitsburg.

Mr. Bassler was a lifelong farmer, working with his father in Howard County from 1950 to 1963. While in Howard County he was a volunteer firefighter for 20 years with Clarksville Volunteer Fire Co. He moved to Rocky Ridge in 1964 and became founder and owner of Sand Rock Farm. He was founder and owner of B&H Equipment Co. He sold DeKalb corn and ran a tire company selling the SafeMark Brand. He also sold Badger equipment and Hydro-Mac skidloaders.

Mr. Bassler was a member of numerous organizations and associations during his years of farming. He was a national member of the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders Association; and Maryland Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders Association, where he was president for six years. He was a member of the MD/VA Capital Milk Producers; MD/VA Milk Producers Association; Maryland Farm Bureau; a national member of the Dairy Shrine; and honorary member of the FFA and 4-H. Mr. Bassler also was an assistant leader of both Tom's Creek and Rocky Ridge Progressive 4-H Clubs.

Mr. Bassler enjoyed showing his Brown Swiss cattle and helping young people get started in showing them. He had been showing cattle for more than 48 years. He also was an avid hunter.

Surviving in addition to his wife are five children, Jane Russom of Lusby, Lee Bassler and wife Kate, and Roy Bassler and wife Diane, all of Emmitsburg, Allen Bassler and wife Tammy of Upperville, Va., and E. Marie Butler of Thurmont; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Lucy Gordon of Taneytown; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He also will be remembered by long-time friends, George Edgerton and Robert Wiles. He was preceded in death by a son, Alvin F. Bassler, who died Dec. 8, 1981.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Stauffer Funeral Home, 104 East Main St., Thurmont. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the funeral home. The Rev. Ronald Fearer will officiate.  Interment will be in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Sykesville.

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