Ronald James Mason, 76, died Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at his
home following a lengthy battle with cancer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, May 24, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Stevens Point, with the Rev.
Arul Joseph Visuvasam officiating. A private burial will be held at a later
Visitation will be at the Shuda Funeral Chapel in Stevens
Point from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 23, and at the church from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.
A memorial will be established in his name at a later date.
Condolences may be offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.
Mr. Mason was born July 16, 1939, in Stevens Point, the
oldest child of Kenneth and Marie (Sommers) Mason. His youth was spent in
Stevens Point where he graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in 1958.
He joined the U.S. Army Reserves for a brief period of time
and then joined the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the Air Force after 21
years of service in February 1977 with the rank of master sergeant.
During his time in the Air Force as a jet and auto mechanic,
he traveled extensively, served in the Vietnam Conflict, and was stationed in
Valdosta, Ga.; Naha, Okinawa; Alamogordo, N.M.; Big Springs, Texas; Keflavik,
Iceland; and ended his military service in Lubbock, Texas.
He was married to Dorothy Janice “Dot” Dionne July 19, 1958,
in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
After his retirement, he returned with his family to Stevens
Point. In Stevens Point, he began his employment at Courtesy Motors where he
was the service manager until his final retirement in 2014.
He was one of the founders and an active member of the AMVETS
Post 1051 of Stevens Point.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy “Dot” Mason, Stevens
Point; four children, Kenneth Mason, John (Maureen) Mason, Ronelle (Daniel)
Olds and Nicolette (Gary) Boehnlein; two brothers, Robert Mason and David Mau;
10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one infant son, Joseph
Michael; two brothers, Michael and Fredrick; and one sister, Linda.