Bansept, John Baptiste (June 16, 1866 - April 2, 1965)

John Baptiste Bansept

Unknown - April 8, 1965

John Baptiste Bansept was born June 16,1866 at L'Allemand Romback, Alsace, France, and passed away April 2, 1965 at Bishop Randall Hospital in Lander after an illness of more than three weeks.

He was the son of Jean Bansept and Barbara Noel. His parents and two sisters preceded him in death.

At the age of four, he and his sisters with their mother watched the Germans take over the provinces of Alsace-Lorraine. After completing secondary school at Strasberg, Germany, he served the German Army and his regiment under three Kaisers during his term of service. He received his discharge six months early for superior service.

After the death of his parents, he came to America and after spending a few months in California, he decided to settle near Fr. Fetterman in 1892. He had many experiences with
early day Indians. He operated a farm near Douglas for many years and later was a machinist here.

In 1904, he was united in marriage to Erma Driere in Douglas. She passed away in July, 1938.

In 1951, he moved to Lander to make his home with his daughter and son-in-law. Mr. and Mrs. George Snyder. He was affectionately known by all who knew him as "Grandpa," His alert and happy personality contributed much to the happiness of his children, five grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. He loved his American citizenship and never failed to vote at any city, state or national election.

He was a charter member of Douglas Moose Lodge, and this year was made an honorary life member.

He is survived by his three children, Mrs. George Snyder of Lander; Juliette Bansept, Denver; and John, of La Mesa, California.

His grandchildren include Betty Jean Trimmer, Mary Ann Burridge, Georgia Lee Yarbrough,, Robert Bansept, and George Bansept.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. April 6 in Lander, and interment was in Douglas Park cemetery that afternoon.

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