After a courageous battle with cancer Earl M. Bass died on October 20, 2019 in the comfort of his home with his wife, Mary Ann, by his side. Earl was born October 31, 1964 in Chicago, IL to the late Earl H and Margaret (Van Eck) Bass. After graduating from Paw Paw High School (MI) Earl went on to study at Michigan State University where he received an associate degree in agriculture. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard where he spent most of his service on the USS Constitution patrolling the US boarder waters on the Bearing Sea. After an honorable discharge Earl started his career, in Lansing, as a compliance assistant with the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) for the State of Michigan. After eight years he accepted the position of Menominee County Executive Director where he loved working with all the local producers until his retirement in spring of 2002. Earl married the love of his life, Mary Ann (Jaros, Dietz), on February 14, 1980 in Clinton, MI. Earl loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter, fisher, and trapper, and his retirement was full of hunting excursions with his wife, Mary Ann. Some of the highlights from these trips were harvesting his Boone & Crocket Shiras moose, Commemorative Black Bear, several Saskatchewan Black bears, Alaskan caribou, and paddle fishing in Oklahoma. Locally, he was a member of the OH SH.. Camp in Greenwoods. Most of all, he enjoyed sharing his love for the outdoors with his grandchildren. Earl’s other hobbies included making maple syrup, planting and cutting trees, woodworking, and riding his Harley. He and Mary Ann took countless bike trips to Sturgis, SD, and rode in the Harley Davidson 100th Anniversary Ride in Milwaukee, WI.
Earl is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; children, Ken (Brandi) Dietz, Rich Dietz, Laurie (Tim Himmelmann), Wally (Jenny) Dietz; sister, Merle (Roger) Heineke; brother, Roger (Jane) Bass; grandchildren, Bo, Garrett, Samantha, Ashton and Rhiannon; brother-in-law, Robert Jaros; sister-in-laws, Carol (Scott) Nugteren and Kathleen (Bill) Crook; and many nieces and nephews.
On October 22, 2019 the immediate family received him at home for their final goodbye. Burial was at Country Gardens, Daggett with Military Honors. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home assisted the family.
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