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Friday, June 22, 2018

Floyd “Bub” Basham and Lois Wasser Basham: Fort Thomas Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshals

The City of Fort Thomas has named their Grand Marshals for the Fourth of July parade in the city: Floyd "Bub" and Lois (Wasser) Basham.

Floyd was born at the corner of Miller & N. Fort Thomas Ave, above Stegner Grocery which was owned by his grandparents on September 11, 1927.  The Fort Thomas Board of Education is on that site now.  He was given his nickname “Bub” at birth by an uncle.  The family moved next door to 14 Miller Lane.  He then built and moved to 18 Miller Lane where he still lives today.  Miller Lane has been his whole life.

Lois was born in Davies County, Ky, on December 10, 1935 and at 6 weeks old her and her brother were delivered by train to Edna & Carl Wasser.  Lois grew up on Sheridan Lane in Fort Thomas.

Bub graduated from Highlands High School in 1945, where he played football, basketball, baseball and bowled.  He went on to play fastpitch softball on leagues and in tournaments.  He was in the Navy for 14 months during WWII and worked at his father’s Floyd Service Station, where Subway is now.  He married Lois in 1954.  In 1954, Bubs started working for Weingarter Lumber Company.  He has worked for lumber companies all his life. He worked many years at Moore’s Home Improvement.  He is still employed by Studer Residential Design and together Bub and Lois travel to regional meetings with contractors and introduce the new floor plans.

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Lois graduated from Highlands in 1954.  She worked at the Cincinnati Enquirer in the Classified Department when she married Bub, and worked there until their daughter, Lori, was born.  Then she started working at Ruth Moyer and at all the other schools.  She was a teacher’s aide at Woodfill School for 27 years until she retired in 2000 but she still substitutes at times.

Bub loves sports.  He played on a lot of church leagues and in 1995, he was inducted into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame for catcher for two perfect games.  He is an enthusiastic supporter of the Cincinnati Reds.  His whole basement is dedicated to the Reds, which is his own private museum.  He has a remarkable memory for sports, people and events.  He can talk sports with anyone.  Bub, along with several well-known friends, started the Highlands Athletic Boosters.  They developed the first known bluebird for Highlands football to go on their helmets and jerseys.  Bub and his friends also started the first Fort Thomas Junior Football League in 1955 and was one of their first coaches.  Bub was honored as the 2014 Highlands High School Alumnus of the Year and is the oldest member of the Fort Thomas Masonic Lodge.  His great-grandfather, George P. Stegner, was the foreman on the Pearl Bryan murder trial.

Lois still volunteers at the schools today.  She started volunteering as a candy-striper at St Luke Hospital and helped establish Youth Haven.  She was a girl scout leader.  Her picture is in all of the Larosa’s restaurants.  Lois is still very active at St. Elizabeth Hospital, past-president of the auxiliary and was a chaplain for their group.  Her picture is in their lobby for her volunteer work.  Lois sings in the choir at their church, United Church of Christ, serves on council and does a lot of mission work with Brighton Center, Hosea House and other programs.

Lois and Bub have one daughter, Lori (Rick) Voss along with two granddaughters, Brittany (Chris) VanHoose and Charlotte (Charlie) Duggan.  They are still in contact with all their high school friends and meet frequently for lunch.  Bub and Lois are loved by everyone in the city. They still attend all the HHS football games, even traveling on the bus!

Their true loves are each other, their family and the students at HHS.  Their favorites are HHS Football Sideline Club, the HHS Athletic Boosters, the Fort Thomas Education Foundation along with their passion for the Cincinnati Reds.

We are so happy to announce Bub and Lois as the 2018 Fort Thomas 4th of July Parade Grand Marshals!

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