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In Memory of

James David Bass

November 15, 1945 - March 12, 2017

Obituary


JAMES DAVID BASS
Grimes

James "Jim" Bass, 71, died at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, IA, on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 4:05 a.m. as a result of complications from a massive stroke and Myasthenia Gravis. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in West Des Moines on Thursday, March 16th at 2:00 p.m. A committal service is planned for 2 p.m. Friday at Spirit Lake Memorial Gardens followed by an additional Celebration of Life service at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake at 2:30 p.m.

JAMES DAVID BASS
Grimes

James "Jim" Bass, 71, died at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, IA, on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 4:05 a.m. as a result of complications from a massive stroke and Myasthenia Gravis. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in West Des Moines on Thursday, March 16th at 2:00 p.m. A committal service is planned for 2 p.m. Friday at Spirit Lake Memorial Gardens followed by an additional Celebration of Life service at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake at 2:30 p.m.

Jim was born on November 15, 1945 in Pontiac, Michigan, the son of D. George Bass and Angeline Frances Chantiny Bass. He graduated in 1964 from Reese High School in Reese, Michigan. Jim married Ann Ayres on November 23, 1979 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Reese, Michigan.

Work History:
Auxiliary Police Office for Reese, Michigan
Over the road truck driver
Reese Plumbing and Heating, Reese Michigan
Owner of Bass Plumbing and Heating, Spirit Lake, IA
Machine operator at Joy Dirt Construction, Cushing, IA
Maintenance at Crescent Beach Resort, Okoboji, IA; Cutty's, Okoboji, IA; Dallas Center- Grimes School District, Grimes, IA
Special Ed Associate at AOMV Middle School, Anthon, IA
Bus Driver at Anthon Oto- Maple Valley School District; Anthon, IA; and Dallas Center- Grimes School District, Grimes, IA
Retired shortly after being diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis

He was an active member of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in West Des Moines.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Marie Ayres Bass of Grimes; four siblings, Leonard (Holly) Bass of Watrousville, MI, Joan Reddout of Vassar, MI, Judy (Jim) Manning of Vassar, MI, and Dean (Karen) Bass of Bay City, MI; mother-in-law, Mary Lou Ayres of Spirit Lake, IA; brother-in-law & sister-in-law, Rick (Sue) Ayres of Spirit Lake, IA; nieces and nephews, Sara Bass, Neal Freeland, Erika (Jamie) Sisson, Aaryn Richard (David Templeton), Laura and Emily Bass, Laura Ayres (Matt) Garred, Emily Ayres, Laura (Matt) Fouty, Lisa (Blake) Norris; six great-nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Brody. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Dick Ayres.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 15th at McLaren's Resthaven Chapel in West Des Moines, IA. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, or Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. Online tributes may be left at: www.mclarensresthavenchapel.com

Jim never knew stranger. He always enjoyed people. The students at school and on the bus always loved "Jim". He was a very supportive husband in Ann's school and church activities (built musical sets, hauled & repaired musical equipment, sound technician, and making Ann's lunches.) Jim enjoyed spending time in the woods, cutting and splitting wood, working on "projects", fishing, camping, traveling, and spending time at the cottage on Big Spirit. He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and his many dogs throughout the years. On Jim's resurrection Sunday. he traded his walker and wheel chair for a set of wings to fly to heaven with his tool belt strapped on, ready to fix things for the Lord.