Elmer Joesph Basgall

Jul 27, 1922 - Aug 21, 2010


ELMER JOSEPH BASGALL “Joe” Of Gold River, California, passed away Saturday, August 21, 2010. Joe was born in Hays, Kansas, on July 27, 1922, the second of six children of Jacob and Margaret Basgall. When Joe was six years old the Basgall family moved to Kansas City, Missouri where Joe graduated from Northeast High School and attended Rockhurst College. Kansas City remained his home for the next 44 years until he moved his family to the Washington, DC area in 1972. Joe met Betty Quackenbush, the love of his life, in December 1947; they were married on August 19, 1950 and raised four children. He worked for the US Army for more than seven years, his last four years with the them from 1948 – 1952, as an organization and methods examiner. Joe joined the National Archives and Records Service (NARS) as a management analyst in 1952 and in the following years he served as both a regional director and director of regional records management divisions until 1972. His next position, brought him to Washington, DC as special assistant for research and planning in the Office of Records Managements, NARS where he worked in various projects including the Freedom of Information Act until his retirement in 1981. Joe was among the initial records managers certified under the inception of the internationally acknowledged Institute of Certified Records Managers in 1975 and remained proud to be one of the only 1, 019 currently recognized. Throughout his career he was affiliated with various professional archivist and records management organizations and associations including ARMA, ICRM, SAA and NARFE. He was an active parishioner at Christ the King and St. Thomas More parishes in KCMO (at Thomas More he chaired the Fair Housing Committee which supported passage of Kansas City, Missouri”s Fair Housing Act), and Holy Spirit and St. Ambrose in Annandale, VA; he was a member of the Knights of Columbus (Ambrose Council, No. 8403) for many years, and a proponent of social justice his entire life. Most recently he was a member of St. Mel”s congregation in Fair Oaks, CA. He preached and modeled compassion and forgiveness, and would admonish us not to criticize someone for what we might see as personal flaws and failings until we had “walked a mile in his (or her) moccasins.” He loved to engage with people, and was the type of person who “never met a stranger.” Joe had many interests, and owned books on every topic and always enjoyed lively discussions regarding most subjects including (but never limited to) art, philosophy, education, world history, photography, religion and spirituality. His love of books and the knowledge they imparted in tandem with his logical mind, seemed to naturally lead to his eventual career choice as well as growth of his extensive private library. As a teenager, Joe raised and trained Birmingham rollers, a domesticated pigeon that performs synchronized aerial acrobatics and is distinguished by its ability to “roll” or summersault backwards in rapid tight rotations. Joe had traveled the western part of the country in his youth and as a sportsman had been a hunter and also developed a love of fishing. He enjoyed the art of flycasting, and tied many of his own lures. Never one for limiting himself or his interests, Joe once took lessons in sculpting and for much of his life was an avid photographer. In Kansas City, Joe carried one of his collection of cameras with him most days, and created a darkroom area in a small corner of their home. Survived by his devoted wife Betty, four loving children, John of San Francisco, CA, JoAnn of Ithaca, NY, Gregory (Kristen) of Maple Grove, MN, Teresa of Berkeley, CA; beloved siblings, brother James L. Basgall, Merriam, KS and sister Vivian Jones (Lee), Fairway, KS; three loving grandchildren Gregory, Andrew, and Ellie and 28 nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated August 26. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association .

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Mortuary
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA
US 95841

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