Basil John Vincent, 85, of Englewood, Florida and Petoskey, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2011 peacefully at the home of his daughter surrounded by his family.[private]
Basil was born October 1, 1925 in Kingston, Michigan, the son of Harry & Leah (Warner) Vincent. He grew up in Kingston and graduated in 1944. In July of that year he enlisted in the Army, served in World War II, and was honorably discharged in November 1946. On February 12, 1946 Basil married Charlotte Davis in Kingston, Michigan. They moved to Petoskey in 1948, where they raised their family. After a long career with Fletch’s of Petoskey, Basil retired in 1987. After retirement, they moved to Englewood, Florida and returned to Petoskey every summer. In October of 2002, Charlotte preceded Basil in death.
Over the years, Basil enjoyed snowmobiling, bowling, camping, and traveling. One of his greatest pleasures was hunting. Many hunting traditions have been passed on through the generations, including the annual family pheasant hunting trip to South Dakota.
He is survived by his children Diane Boyer of Petoskey, Eric “Rick” Vincent of Grand Rapids, and Joyce Boening of Petoskey; grandchildren Renae Boyer (Jeff Stradling) of Petoskey, Jarred (Jennifer) Boyer of Alanson; great-grandchildren Dustin, Coty, Logan, and Eve; three sisters-in-law Shirley Davis of Bannister, Shirley Davis of Laingsburg, and Chris (Jim) Keyes of Durand; and many nieces and nephews.
Basil was a life member of the Masonic Lodge #228 and VFW Post 2051.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 22nd at Stone’s Funeral Home in Petoskey from 6:00 to 8:00. The service will be on Friday, September 23rd at 2:00 and the Rev. Bob Kyser will officiate. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Little Traverse Bay, VFW Post 2051, or charity of choice.[/private]