U.S. Air Force General William Basnett conducted a Memorial Service Sunday at the Buckeye Lake V.F.W. for his nephew, John Doan Van Fossen. General Basnett is the brother of Buckeye Lake resident Charlotte Basnett. John Doan Van Fossen, 87, died September 29, 2012, in Lafayette, LA. He was born outside Marietta, Ohio, on Oct. 18, 1924. John was a World War II veteran, serving as a Flight Engineer in B-24 and B-29 aircraft flying missions over the Pacific. He graduated from Marietta College after the war. John rowed varsity crew at Marietta. After college, he worked in the oil exploration business. John was a regular visitor to Buckeye Lake. His ashes were scattered over the lake following the service. Beacon photo by Charles Prince.
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