Bob BastenBob Basten

Age 52, of North Oaks Lived 10 years with ALS. Saturday, March 3, 2012 surrounded by his family, Bob gave life everything he had to the very end.

Survived by his wife, Faith; children, Jack and Emily; siblings, Paula Basten Erath (Barry), Lloyd Basten (JoAnn) and Rich Rajacich (Jean); and his second mother, Millie Nelson.

In accordance with his dedication to find a cure for ALS, Bob has donated his brain and spinal cord to support research into the tie between sports related brain injuries and ALS.

Bob grew up in Northbrook, Ill. with a pack of delightfully-unruly friends, friendships that would last a lifetime. He was an excellent student and a natural athlete. This earned recruitments from many colleges. He chose Saint Johns University where he played football and made many wonderful lifelong friends. After graduation Bob was a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. He was injured during training camp, so rather than saying he played with the Vikings, Bob liked to say he practiced with them.

Bob Basten

Bob then sold real estate with Coldwell Banker. Bob's career took him to American Express Tax and Business Services. Amex put him on a fast track program where he earned his MBA from the Carlson School of Management. Bob moved up the ranks to President and CEO, starting businesses and moving his family first to Omaha, then to Dallas, and back again. When TBS was restructured, Bob took on the challenge of creating his own company, Centerprise Advisers, which is now UHY Advisors, one the nation's largest tax and business consulting firms. A few short years later, Bob faced his biggest challenge-the diagnosis of ALS. Facing the reality of a terminal illness, Bob chose to put his dynamism into Playing 2 Win 4 Life, a foundation he created with family and friends that raised $1.4 million for aggressive ALS Research. Bob was fiercely intelligent, devilishly funny, and had a never ending lust for life