Jim Bass

Jim Bass, Kansas sculptor, 86, passed away at home January 10, 2020. Born in Topeka November 7, 1933 to Loren and Minnie Krasny Bass.  After graduating from Topeka High School and the University of Kansas, Jim studied lost-wax casting in Mexico. Jim married artist Jean Ison in 1965. Together they crafted a unique home on the Kansas prairie where they raised their daughter Jaminda, son Joren, and built Bass Studios and Foundry.  Jim and Jean worked passionately to make their home studios an artist’s haven where the family created art, sculptures, tapestries, furniture and welcomed art-loving friends.

For Jim, art was a passion and a way of life.  He was a master of his craft; sketching, sculpting, refining his bronze work for over six decades with many public sculptures throughout the mid-west. After losing Jean in 2011, Jim was blessed to find a loving partner in Connie Mills of Topeka. They shared eight years of adventure: traveling internationally, exploring museums and theaters, laughing and learning.

Open hearted and curious, Jim met friends wherever he went. He was generous with his time and skills, serving First Congregational Church and leading Auburn Boy Scout troop 117 for 23 years. His creativity, work ethic, guidance, love and genuine friendship will be missed.

Jim is survived by partner Connie Mills and his children Jaminda Bass Holmes (husband Jimmy), Joren Bass (wife Beth) and grandchildren Micah and Quilla Holmes, and Aero Bass.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at First Congregational Church, 2:00 February 15.

Condolences at midwestcremationsociety.com. Memorial contributions to First Congregational Church or Heartland Hospice.

7 “Jim Bass

  1. What a gift Jim has been to our world. He will be sorely missed. We are left to enjoy his many amazing creations. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who loved him.

  2. Dear Connie, I am still reeling over Jim’s death. He once told me that he would live longer because he had you. Maybe that’s true. I had known him since kindergarten–a very long time! My arms are around you at this heartbreaking time. I have notified members of the THS Class of 1951.

  3. Jim was a wonderful man.. he was an a complished artist, scout leader and a very generous person. He was always helping others and was always willing to listen to what you needed to say
    I loved Jim.

  4. Jan 13, 2020
    To the Family of Jim Bass,
    I knew Jim when we were probably in 1st or 2nd grade at Randolph Grade School then Seabrook Congregational Church at 19th and Gage Blvd. Our baths many times thru the years. He was enjoyable, interesting to be around and very talent
    Words say very little at a time like this, but knowing people care and are thinking about you, maybe helps. I hope so. Please accept my deepest sympathy,
    Sincerely, and God Bless you all,
    Jackie Campbell Petersen
    PS, My children, Jeff and Kathy Campbell, knew Jim and they too thought he was very talented, fun and kind.

  5. Jim was on my Mount Rushmore of kindhearted, wise, friendly, sweet, intelligent and humble men I’ve known. I only knew him for the last ten years of his life, I can only imagine the impact he had on those he spent his life around. I will miss him greatly. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  6. Jaminda and Joren , my heart is reaching out to you guys. The news of your
    father’s passing feels to me like a hole blown across the universe. He was a giant of a man. But I am also feeling a deep gratitude for the time that I had the great good fortune of spending with him. As an engineer, he showed me that I could build anything I needed. As an art teacher he led me into the discovery of the power of public art. And as an artist he was a genius, ahead of his time, and like a prophet in the wilderness.

    From a thousand miles away, we could not keep in touch, and we lost track of what was going on in his life. But it was always important that on any and every trip that brought us back to Kansas, we would make sure to get time for a visit with him. And he and Connie were always such gracious hosts. This past October, Cindy and I came back to inter my father’s ashes, and we came out to the house to visit again. We had had no news of his condition, and we were so concerned to see him suffering and slipping away. But he was still gracious and welcomed us warmly, and we had a great visit. As we drove away, Cindy and I were painfully aware that this was going to be our last visit. He and your mother will both be remembered with love and appreciation for all that they gave us.

Leave Condolences

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *