In memory of

Richard W. Baskerville Jr.

June 8, 1933 - August 24, 2020
From: Lytton, IA
Richard W. Baskerville Jr.

Richard W. Baskerville Jr.

Born: June 8, 1933
Died: August 24, 2020
Age: 87
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Richard William “Red” Baskerville, age 87, of Jolley, Iowa, passed away peacefully at home on August 24, 2020, surrounded by family. He now sings with his wife, Roselyn, in the heavenly choir, praising God for eternity with the voice he was known for throughout his time on earth.

   Richard was born on June 8, 1933, to Richard Sr. and Thelma (Heflin) Baskerville at the family farmhouse near Jolley, Iowa. Richard attended country school through the fifth grade and then finished his education at the Lytton Community School, graduating from high school in 1951. Growing up, Richard enjoyed working on the family farm, singing, playing trombone, participating in FFA, playing baseball and basketball, ice skating, and attending the Congregational Church in Fonda, Iowa.

   After high school, Richard studied music at Drake University. On April 2, 1953, he enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean War. After completing basic training and the 10th Infantry Division course for Apprentice Bandsmen at Fort Riley, Kansas, he served as a corporal assigned to the 80th Army Band at Camp Stewart, Georgia. In addition to playing trombone in the band, he was also a lead singer for the division’s dance band. He was honorably discharged on April 1,1955.

   After completing active duty, Richard married the love of his life, Roselyn Schwartz, on June 12, 1955, at Emanuel-St. John Lutheran Church in Lytton, Iowa, where he became a life-long member. Richard and Roselyn were blessed with a beautiful marriage for over 59 years, along with three daughters: Rebecca, Rochelle and Ramona.

   In 1956, Richard and Roselyn moved to their farmhouse north of Lytton where they each lived the remainder of their lives. Richard joined his father and brother in farming and feeding cattle until he retired in 2000. Richard was involved in the community as a member of the church council and choir, a member of school, elevator and bank boards, and a member of the American Legion, achieving a 50-year active membership. He was also the proud winner of the 1975 Lytton Diamond Jubilee overall beard contest with his red goatee and handlebar mustache.

   Richard and Roselyn loved to spend time together dancing, listening to big band music, driving around the countryside, working on garden projects, collecting small Oliver tractors and antiques, eating at Freddie’s (aka Highway 7 Café), and attending church activities. In his quiet time, Richard had an insatiable appetite for reading book after book. He particularly loved history, politics and current affairs. His family will always remember his strong faith, his love for family, his kindness and compassion for others, his smile, his sense of humor, and his love of music and reading.

   After losing Roselyn to cancer in October 2014, Richard bravely faced the future without her. While devastated by her passing, he also dealt with the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease and a failing memory but remained determined to do the best he could to continue enjoying life and his family. He remained a gentle and kind soul, retaining his sense of humor, politeness, and love of music, while teaching his family how to experience and appreciate moments of joy and to live life in the present. He enjoyed listening to daily devotions and praying the Lord’s Prayer. His dementia never robbed him of this holy prayer as he prayed every word verbatim until the end. His life exemplified what Saint Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 4:7: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

   Richard is preceded in death by his wife, Roselyn; his parents, Richard and Thelma Baskerville; his brother and wife, Irvin and Ann Baskerville; his sister and husband, Arlene and Marvin Krohn; his sister and husband, Ruth Ann and Ole Taxted; nephew, Roger Baskerville; brothers-in-law, Win Tyler, Jim Fyfe, Tom Wellendorf and Omar Saucke; and his in-laws, Fred and Christine Schwartz.

   Richard is survived by his loving children: Rebecca (Donavon) Dettmann of Sac City, IA; Rochelle (Timothy) Grochala of West Des Moines, IA; and Ramona (David Huls) Baskerville of Chanhassen, MN; grandchildren: Kristina (Matthew) Tripp and Teresa (Blake) Wirtjers; Kristin, Sarah and Laura Grochala; and Benjamin and Nicholas Huls; great-grandchildren: Elle, Britta and Ava Tripp; and Skyler and Fletcher Wirtjers; his sister: Bonnie Tyler; brother- and sisters-in-law: Fred and Kay Schwartz, Bonnie Fyfe, and Joyce Wellendorf; cousin: Kay Dettmann and family; and many other beloved nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


Private Family Funeral Service:
2:30 p.m., Saturday
September 5, 2020
Emanuel-St. John Lutheran Church
Lytton, Iowa
Pastor Ben Worley
No visitation
St. John Lutheran Cemetery
Rural Lytton, Iowa


Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 10:24 AM
“Enjoyed talking to Richard very much when he and Roselyn would stop by , he liked to laugh a lot and always had fun telling stories about the families, relatives , and growing up in the area.. I will miss you "Red"..”
Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 7:00 PM
“Rebecca, Rochelle. and Ramona, Just listened to your Dad"s funeral service in front of the church, it was very nice and a great tribute to him and your families. He will be missed. Take care.”
- Bob and Sara Block Family
Friday, September 4, 2020 at 3:58 PM
“Ramona, David, Ben, Nick and your entire family, I send my sincere condolences. It's always a sad time to loose your father and grandfather. It looks like he lived a full and beautiful life. Now his reward is with his wife and Our God.”
- Nancy Lage
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 10:06 AM
“Our deepest condolences to the family. He has been promoted to glory and reunited with the love of his life. Soar high”
- Mary Hernandez Dutton
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 10:06 AM
“My sympathies to Red's family. He was such a kind man and always was a pleasure to visit with. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.”
- Jane (Scharn) Nees
Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 6:39 PM
“We are sure that "Red" is now singing with God's choir in heaven! We still remember him adding his voice to our wedding ceremony over 58 years ago! Good Memories!!!”
- Ray & Sandra (Oestreich) Rabe
Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 11:18 AM
“Dear family of Richard, We have many fun memories of your dad. He was such good help on the farm after he retired. We’ll always remember his smile and wonderful Christian love. Thinking of you, Dave and Laurie Glasnapp”
- Dave and Laurie Glasnapp
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 8:45 PM
“Sorry to hear Richard passed away. Our thoughts are with Richard Baskervilles family. I remember well how beautiful he sang at our wedding. May God bless you all.”
- Shirley westphalen
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 8:45 PM
“Becky, Rochelle & Romana,

So sorry to hear about your Dad passing away. But I am smiling thinking of that reunion in heaven with your Mom & Dad. A special couple who are together again.

Clayton & Kim Fjerstad. ”
- Kim Fjerstad
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 1:53 PM
“We are sorry to hear about "Red's" passing. He will long be remembered for the many times he provided solos for our church services as well as just seeing him in church. I want to thank him for his service to our country and am sorry that I was not able to get a Quilt of Valor to Richard before his passing.”
- Dale and Jo Scharn
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 7:21 AM
“Thoughts and prayers go out to Richards family. This man was always smiling and ready to make a friend. Even as a teenager I felt very comfortable sitting and talking to Richard. He set a great example of what a husband, father, and friend should be.”
- Kenneth Krohn
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 7:21 AM
“Richard will be missed by everyone that knew him . He was such a kind gentle soul, that I will never forget.. I cherish the time I got to spend w/ him especially at his end of life. My deepest sympathy to the family that I have become to know as truly awesome people.. Richard had such a beautiful voice, getting a warm feeling in my heart every time he would sing.. We all have great memories of a heart that beat so strong . RIP my dear friend.. I will miss you.. Sing w/ the Angels daily, they will enjoy it too. ”
- Nancy J Swenson
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 7:20 AM
“So many memories of Richard and Roselyn thru the years. Trucking their cattle and seeing
Roselyn at the Lytton bank are some of them. Becky you were so good to your Dad, saw you many times at the Cattlemen's having a meal together. Our sincere sympathy.”
- Roger and Marlene Glasnapp
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 7:20 AM
“Our sympathies to families”
- Virginia Hillmer
Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 11:16 AM
“Rest In Peace young man Rest In Peace ”
- Charlie “tuna” Schnirring
Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 11:16 AM
“Sorry to hear this Richard sang at our wedding in Lytton several years ago (42). He was very talented!
thinking of your family.”
- Terry Ferguson
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 1:47 PM
“Heaven's choir gained a beautiful voice. Sympathy and prayers for the family ”
- Donna Peyton
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 3:02 PM
“Our sympathies to the family. His powerful voice is missed. ”
- Jeff & Jo Ellerbrock
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