Col. Robert D. Bassetti, USAF, Ret.
March 4, 1942 – October 23, 2012
Colonel Robert Dalton Bassetti, USAF, Ret. passed away October 23, 2012 in Austin, Texas. He was born March 4, 1942 in Abilene, Texas.
After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin as a Distinguished Military Graduate, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Regular Air Force on September 30, 1964. He served for thirty years in the USAF Office of Special Investigations, beginning his career as a Special Agent at Olmsted AFB, Pennsylvania. He was then assigned to the Vietnamese Language School in Washington, DC in preparation for his tour of duty in Saigon, Vietnam. Following Vietnam, Bob took command of the OSI detachment at Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. His overseas career included an assignment to the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy. He was then given command of the OSI Detachment at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, where he worked extensively on anti-terrorism efforts. He also served three tours in the Washington, DC area, residing in Reston and Oak Hill, VA. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Bronze Star Medal for service in the Republic of Vietnam, Air Force Commendation Medal (two awards), Air Force Organizational Excellence Award (six awards), and the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) Honor Medal Second Class, awarded for service in support of the RVN Air Force Office of Investigations combatting the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army shortly before the Tet Offensive in 1968.
Bob married Judy Ann Yeager of Austin, Texas on May 30, 1964, after their graduation from The University of Texas at Austin. After retiring from the Air Force in 1994, Bob worked in information technology until 2012. He was employed by several large, global IT consulting firms, and specialized in program and project management. Bob and Judy moved from the Washington, DC area in 2001 to Austin to be near their children, both of whom also graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. Bob is survived by his wife, Judy Bassetti; two children, his son, Robert John Bassetti, daughter-in-law, Allison, and grandchildren Ciara and Maddox, and his daughter, Jennifer Bassetti Teague, son-in-law, Aaron, and grandson, William; his older brother, William Hart Charles Bassetti, of San Geronimo, California, and an older sister, Shirley Noe, of Buffalo Gap, TX.
He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Bassetti, of Abilene, Texas a long time elementary school teacher in Abilene, and mother, Olga Bassetti, a retired book keeper, also of Abilene.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o’clock until eight o’clock in the evening, on Tuesday, the 30th of October 2012, at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas. A Rosary will be recited at seven o’clock that evening.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ten o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, the 31st of October 2012, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 4311 Small Drive, Austin, Texas. Interment will follow in Austin Memorial Park under the direction of Cook-Walden Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers and customary remembrances, the family suggests donations be made to the Arthritis Foundation, PO Box 96280, Washington, DC 20077.
Condolences may be sent to www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com.
- Visitation Tuesday, October 30, 2012
- Rosary Service Tuesday, October 30, 2012
- Funeral Mass Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Col. Robert D. Bassetti, USAF, Ret.
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November 24, 2012
As a Captain, I had the pleasure of being under Colonel Bassetti's command while stationed at Bolling AFB (1991-1996) - he was a good boss...firm...mission focused ... fair. He will be missed. Dr. Stephanie Parson (Winter Garden, FL)
November 9, 2012
I knew Bob at AMD and truly enjoyed the time that I spent with him. He was a giving and caring man. Thanks to him and his family for the oppportunity to express these thoughts. My prayers are with his family.
Frances and Jim Cady
November 1, 2012
Jim and I are so very sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. If there is anything we can do for you or your family, please give us a call.
512--863-4584. May the peace of the Lord be always with you.
Frances & Jim Cady (Cathy's Mom and Dad)
October 30, 2012
Bob's friends at AMD and Capgemini are deeply saddened on the sudden passing of Bob.
Bob was a great boss, colleague, friend, and a wonderful man. We thought the world of him and will miss him very much.
Please extend our deepest sympathy to your wonderful family. May you all find the strength and courage to get through the days ahead.
Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.
October 28, 2012
Judy, Dave and I were heartbroken to learn today of Bob's passing! What a shock! I will always remember Bob (Col Bassetti) as my best boss and a great mentor. When I worked for him I was the Commander at Ft Meade and he had several female commanders working for him. We were affectionately know as "Bassetti's Babes!" He was a great officer and an even better friend. Dave and I are keeping you and your family in our thoughts. Anne and Dave Burtt
Dick & Deborah Law
October 27, 2012
Judy...Deborah and I will hold you and the family in our prayers. I am so thankful that we were able to see you both in February at Terry's funeral. If I can be of any assistance please just ask. 2012 has been a sad year for my generation...we have lost so many close friends and associates. As Sue told me today we will be glad to see this year come to an end. We love you and share in your grief.....God will comfort you.
October 26, 2012
Judy, how we will miss running into Bob with your little dog on our walks. The BMW made us smile. The kind and pasionate golfer. He touched our lives. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Annie and Mike Bottema
October 25, 2012
Judy, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this difficult time. Bob was a wonderful man! We are standing by to assist you however possible.