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January 29, 2004



Owen L. Range, 90, of 1605 Lexington Road, Versailles, widower of Blanche Blackard Range, four term Versailles mayor and local businessman, died Monday, Jan. 26, at Samaritan Hospital, Lexington, apparently of congestive heart failure.

Born Jan. 4, 1914, near Clover Bottom, he was the son of the late Jacob L. and Louvena Sewell Range. He, along with former Gov. A.B. “Happy” Chandler and two others, formed Bluegrass Broadcasting Corp. in 1947, which operated radio station WVLK from a studio in the Logan-Helm Woodford County Library, a station Range designed and built.

He was mayor of Versailles for four consecutive terms from 1950 to 1966. He was also instrumental in bringing new industries to Woodford County, among them Metals & Controls, Sylvania, International Paper, and Rand McNally. He founded his own company, Range Realty, which developed several subdivisions.

He received a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky and taught physics there in 1944 and 1945, while still a student. He started a storefront business repairing watches and jewelry, and later started Range Appliance Store after buying the building.

During World War II, he taught radio and radar theory to military students at Lafayette Vocational School in Lexington, and wrote a book, Radio Fundamentals for Students, which was used nationwide by the armed forces. He also developed a square-wave oscillator, which is used in radar and sonar systems.

After the war, he was a partner in a Packard dealership, and with his brother-in-law, the late Samuel Blackburn, began Range & Blackard Jewelers. He boarded and raised horses on his Gleneagles Farm, and was inducted into the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce’s Hall of Fame in 1989.According to his son John Owen Range, Mr. Range passed at the persuasion of his wife on two opportunities: an offer to buy a horse for $5,000, a horse later known as John Henry; and a sizable interest in Kentucky Fried Chicken for $10,000.

Survivors include his daughter, Marcella (Ken) Baker of Woodford County; his son, John Owen (Teresa) Range of Versailles; a brother, the Rev. Ross Range of Danville, Va.; seven grandchildren, John Owen Range II of Portland, Ore., Nancy (Will) Kowalke, Kenneth Owen Baker, Kara Lynn Baker, Daniel Perry, Tamra Perry, and Tiffany Perry; and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 31, at St. John’s Episcopal Church by Fr. Bill Faupel. Entombment will follow at the Range Mausoleum in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Dr. William Graul, Dr. Gordon Butterfield, Dr. Frank Watts, Bobby Lippert, Gene Hornback, and Paul Barnes. Honorary bearers were Kenneth Edds, Dr. Charles Smith, Jack White, Howard Montague, and the members of the Versailles Kiwanis Club.

Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Episcopal Church or to the Versailles Kiwanis Club.



Anthony L. "Tony" Basile Jr., 82, of Versailles, formerly of Lexington, husband of Sheila Henderson Basile, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004, at the Hollywood Medical Center, Hollywood, Fla.

Born in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of the late Anthony L. and Stella Tasal Basile Sr. He retired in 1983 after 20 years as a thoroughbred horse trainer for Bwamazon Farm, Clark County, for whom he took three horses to the Kentucky Derby -- T.V. Commercial in 1968, Get The Axe in 1977, and Tekevision Studio in 1981. He trained many stakes winners, and was the leading trainer at the Keeneland meets in 1974 and 1979. After his retirement, he operated a public stable until 1998. He was Catholic, a member of the Horseman’s Benevolent Protective Association, a former member of the Thoroughbred Club of America, and he served with the U.S. Navy during World War II as an aviation storekeeper.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Sandye Basile Hackney and Barbara Basile Webster, both of Georgetown, Vickie Basile, and Karen Basile Rudisell, both of Versailles; three brothers, Carmon Basile, New Port Ritchey, Fla., Frank J. Basile, Hollywood, Fla., and Joseph Basile, Matteson, Ill.; five grandchildren, James S. "Chip" Hackney II, Port St. Lucie, Fla., Dora J. Hughes, Lexington, Toni Marie Willoughby, Georgetown, Brandon Scott Rudisell, Versailles, and Kristin Marie Webster, Georgetown; three great grandchildren, Mallory Hughes, Amy Votaw and Brice Willoughby; and a special nephew, Michael Basile, Louisville.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway by Chaplain Michael Powers. Burial was in Crestlawn Memorial Gardens, Scott County. Casket bearers were Michael Basile, Brandon Rudisell, James S. "Chip" Hackney II, Todd Willoughby, and Frank Delgado. Honorary bearers were Dale Webster, Timothy Rudisell and Scott Hackney.

Contributions may be made to the Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy, 9013 Lyneve Drive, Louisville, KY 40272.


Georgia Cooper Capps, 86, of 238 West Stephens Street, Midway, widow of David Capps, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004.

Born in Fayette County June 6, 1917, she was the daughter of Samuel and Emma Kinaird Honshul.

She is survived by a daughter, Wanda Devers, Midway; four sons, Gene and James Masters, Midway, Billy Parker, Texas, and Donald Parker, Lexington; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren. A son, Johnny Parker, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday Jan. 26, 2004, at the Duell Clark Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Byron Jessup. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Allen Devers, Tim Wilson, Howard Lambert, Terry Wilson, Jimmy Smith and Jonathan Reed.


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