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David Ray Basinger, David Ray,

82, of Louisville, Kentucky and Punta Gorda, Florida, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2015 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. David was the son of Arden Ray Basinger, MD and Margaret Pottorf Basinger of North Canton, Ohio.

David served in the United States Air Force where he was a F100 Super Sabre pilot stationed in Europe with the 8th Tactical Fighter Squadron. David enjoyed a successful career as an international pilot for Trans World Airlines. Highlights of David's career include his calm under pressure during a hijacking of a 707 to Cuba in 1969, and his receiving the Trans World Airlines Award of Excellence as First Officer of the Year in Vienna, Austria in 1976. In his retirement David piloted his sailboat WINGS with First Mate Susan thousands of miles down the rivers and along the Intracoastal Waterway of Florida and the Carolinas.

We will miss Dad's gentle manner, his dedication to our family, and the lively music that he played on his harmonica.

David is survived by his wife of 47 years, Susan (Wakefield) Basinger, son Scott David (Jennifer) of Odenton, Maryland, daughter Sarah Basinger Youngblood (friend Wesley Reynolds) of Eagle, Colorado, and sister Barbara Wise of Hudson, Ohio.

Also surviving are his adored grandchildren Carter Allison and Hunter Wakefield Youngblood, who knew him as Gran-D, and William Scott and Emma Rose Basinger who called him Pop-Pop.

The Basinger family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Jane Cornett for her generous and exceptional care of David and his family in his last days.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 in the Chapel of Christ Church United Methodist, 4614 Brownsboro Rd. with visitation to follow. Private burial was in Cave Hill Cemetery.

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