Basil D. Azbell, 80

Basil D. Azbell, 80, of rural Wabash,  died at 12:44 pm, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at his home.  He was born Dec. 20, 1934, in Cass County, to Wilbur and Marie (Kingery) Azbell.

Basil married Janice J. Davenport on Jan. 9, 1960, at the College Corner Brethren Church in Wabash County. Basil was a U.S. Army veteran. He worked at Chrysler Corporation in Kokomo 30 years retiring in 1995, and also worked at Essex Wire and the Ford garage in Peru. He attended the Liberty Baptist Church in Sweetser, and was a longtime member of the Somerset Masonic Lodge.

Basil enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, working in his yard, gardening, and attending his grandchildren's high school sporting events. Basil also had a sweet tooth and enjoyed his candy.  

He is survived by his wife, Janice J. Azbell of Wabash,  three children Scott (Tracy) Azbell and Clista (Mark) Statzer, both of Wabash, and Carol (John) Smith of New Paris, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, one step-great-grandchild. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Winifred Azbell, Rita Fivecoate, and Delores Greathouse.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave, Wabash, with Ron L. Skinner officiating.  Burial will be in Mississinewa Cemetery, Somerset. 

Friends may call 4 - 8 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Purdue University Center for Cancer Research.

The memorial guest book for Basil  may be signed at


Posted on 2015 Nov 17