Lowell A. "Al" Bashor, 88 of Hayward, WI and formerly of Park Forest, IL and Elgin, IL died Thursday, August 16, 2012 at the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital.
Lowell A. Bashor was born December 31, 1923 in New Market, IA to Clyde and Agnes (Sundell) Bashor. He was raised on the family farm and attended school at Sharpsburg, IA. He then moved to California to work and later joined the U.S. Army Air Corp and served during WWII as a B24 Gunner, taking part in 34 missions. For his service to our country Al was honored with the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Air Medal, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged on November 24, 1945 and moved to Chicago, IL where he started work with Bell Telephone Company as an Inside Maintaince Engineer. On September 4, 1948, Al was joined in marriage to Laverne Dohner in Riverside, IL. Al continued his work with Bell Telephone until 1980 when he retired and moved to Hayward, WI. Al returned to work as a bartender at the Athletic Club in Hayward before he took a position as a security guard with Louisiana Pacific. He held this position until he reached the age of 86.
Al was a member of American Legion Post 57 in Elgin, IL; became a Mason in 1956; and was also a member of the Army Air Corp Caterpillar Club. He will be remembered as a true gentleman who liked to fish, garden and play poker, going to Las Vegas 3-4 times a year. He also liked traveling to visit his family.
He is survived by his son Neal (Mary Anne) Bashor of Cockeysville, MD, and his daughter Diane (Rick) Chambers of Hayward, WI; five grandchildren, Kevin, Brad and Lauren Bashor, Erik and Amy Chambers; two cousins Cecil Huber and Beverly Stream.
Al was preceded in death by his wife Agnes, his parents, and a son, Ralph.
A gathering celebrating Al's life will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m., Saturday, August 25 at the Flat Creek Eatery and Saloon. Military Rites will be provided by Wisconsin Military Honors Program.