Gerald Dean Bash, 92, and his wife of 70 years, Edith Claire Terry Bash (Edie), 87, passed away of natural causes within days of each other in Denver, Colorado. After many years in Edmond, they moved to Denver in 2015 to be near their son and his wife, and their 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. From the hearts of those surviving: we enjoyed and will treasure the past two years.
Theirs was a beautiful love story. Having met in Edmond, Oklahoma while Edie was still in high school, they waited, at the behest of Edies father, Charles Terry, until she graduated to get married. They married one week after her graduation, and their unconditional love and acceptance for each other left an indelible mark on the world and in everyone they met.
Gerald was a member of the Army, Navy and Air Force, retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant in the Air force. In WWII he was a tail gunner on dive bombers flying off various air craft carriers in the Pacific theater. He also served in the Korean War. After retiring from the military, he went into the insurance business and continued a passion for golf. His first hole-in-one was on his 66th birthday he garnered 5 more later in life.
Edie was a proud military wife, a devoted mother, and manager of the EARC and Hope Center thrift store in Edmond for over 30 years. Edie had an unending level of patience, caring and kindness. Her strength and quick wit deeply connected her to those around her and were always present, even in her last days of life. She never met a hurdle she couldnt overcome, all without a single complaint. Her grace, humility and optimism in life was a perfect compliment to her husband. She was a great grandmother, always with some surprise for her grandchildren.
Gerald had a zeal for what was just and fair, while never shying away from a good, if not mischievous, adventure. He was loyal and feisty, yet tender and loving. After 70 years of marriage, he said that as far as he was concerned, he was still on his honeymoon. To anyone who saw them together, there was no doubt that their love was remarkable.
They savored what was important: memories of a life well-lived. And they passed down their values through their stories. We are eternally grateful.
They were devoted parents to their sons, Roy Charles and Gerald (Jerry) Wayne Bash. Together, they instilled a sense of appreciation for life, reminding us frequently that its the journey, not the destination. Their journey inspired those that knew them to be better people.
They are survived by their son, Roy (married to Linda); four grandchildren, Sarah (Matt) Godley, Molly (Jim) Mills, Maggie (Nick) Erickson, and Libby Bash; and six great grandchildren. They were preceded in death by their son, Gerald Wayne Bash.
The family will have private services. Contributions in Edies name to https://hopecenterofedmond.com/online-giving/ are greatly appreciated.
Published on May 22, 2017