Basil Kenneth Isaac 75, also known as Junior, returned home Jan. 31, 2019, after battling with stage 4 esophageal cancer. Basil was a longtime resident of Kokomo. He was born in Niles, Ohio, Feb. 2, 1943, to Elsie Mae (Sabine) and Basil Eugene Isaac.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Glenda Jane (Janie) Isaac.
Preceding him in death were his parents and siblings, which include Donald L. Isaac, Ronald E. Isaac, and Patricia A. (Isaac) Roseberry.
Surviving siblings include Michael R. Isaac, of Kokomo, Pamela K. (Isaac) Grant, of Russiaville, C. David Isaac, of Kokomo, Kathryn S. (Isaac) Stone, of Bulls Gap, Tennessee, Tamara L. (Isaac) Morris, of Kokomo, and Kimberly J. (Isaac), of Kokomo. He is also survived by his daughter, Julie A. (Isaac) Sharkey and son-in-law, Michael, Perrysburg, Ohio; son, Kenneth R. Isaac, Noblesville, Indiana; stepdaughter, Jane E. (Beth) Wetekamp, Kokomo; stepson, John E. Gerlach, Noblesville, Indiana; stepson, Jason M. Gerlach, and daughter-in-law, Jody (Osborne) Gerlach, Kokomo. Basil has 13 grandchildren plus spouses, Susan R. (Jeremy) Scuffham, California, Jonathan M. (Elane) Sharkey, Colorado, Christopher M. (Jessica) Sharkey, Missouri, Brandon M. (Madison) Sharkey, Utah, Joshua R. Isaac, Lafayette, Indiana, Megan L. Isaac, Utah, Melainey S. Isaac, Utah, McKenzie M. Isaac, Utah, Michelle D. (Quinton) Dixon, Kokomo, Megan E. (Andrew) Fanoe, Marietta, Georgia, Melissa (Wetekamp) Duncan, deployed to Poland, Taylor M. Gerlach, Kansas City, Missouri, and Jabin M. Gerlach, Kokomo. Great-grandchildren include Ryan, Brayden, Tyler, Andrew, Emma, Ethan, Austin, McKenna, Dalton, Adelayde, David, James, Thomas, and Baby Sharkey coming in June. Basil has numerous cousins, aunt, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends who were dear to his heart.
Basil spent most of his life in Kokomo, and received his GED from Kokomo High School in 1970. He was valedictorian of his night school class. He went on to earn an associate degree from IUK. Basil attended Ivy Tech while in the apprenticeship program in preparation for becoming a journeyman tinsmith for Delco Electronics. He retired from Delphi after 36 years of service. He spent a short time in the Marines. He attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for 50 years, and he served in various callings. He took pride in his leadership roles within the Masonic Lodge, which became a huge part of his adult life. Basil was an avid reader who was always trying to educate himself in all subject matters. He was especially interested in medicine, which is why it was so important to him that his body be donated to science.
There will be a celebration of life Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. This will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 332 Center Road, Kokomo. Bishop Dennis Marler will officiate and nephew the Rev. Jason Grant will provide the eulogy. There will not be a visitation nor burial since his body was donated. A Masonic ceremony will be held privately for family at 1:30 p.m. at the same location.
Published on February 9, 2019