Joel A. Baskerville, who died Sept. 24 in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., at the age of 68, was the former co-owner of Elkhart Traveler Corp.
The RV company manufactured travel trailers and fifth-wheel trailers in Goshen, Ind., and was one of the first to produce units with manual tip-outs, later to become electric slideouts.
The fifth-wheels were high-end models with pointed ends ranging 40-45 feet in length. The company counted among its customers professional bowlers, construction workers, carnival workers and full-timers.
Baskerville was co-owner until selling his share in 1987. That same year he went to work for and later owned Gulf Air RV Sales in Fort Myers Beach, and worked there until his retirement in 2004.
Baskerville was a native of Elkhart, Ind. Following service in the Marine Corps., he joined the sales department at Skyline Corp. and later worked at Utopia before founding Elkhart Traveler. Elkhart Traveler went out of business around 1990.
Baskerville is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughter, Brenda Graff of Glen Ellen, Calif.; two sons, Stephen of San Francisco and Randal of Elkhart; and four grandchildren. Randal Baskerville is national sales manager for the Kingsport Division of Gulf Stream Coach Inc.
A memorial service will be held in Elkhart on Nov. 11. The Kiser Funeral Home, Fort Myers, is in charge of arrangements.