Jerry Lee Mason, 74, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016 at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita, Kansas after a short illness. He was born June 30, 1941 in Medford, Oklahoma to Mervin and Flora (Ragan) Mason.
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Jerry grew up in Byron, Oklahoma and moved with his family to Washington State before moving back to the area, graduating from Anthony High School. An avid bowler, Jerry took a job with Fred Wetz at Paradise Bowl in Kiowa. He met and married Peggy Miller in 1966. They would have been married 50 years, June 4 2016. He continued to operate Paradise Bowl evenings and weekends while working as Butcher at Parker’s Grocery Store and then Kiowa IGA as Butcher/Manager. He took a position at Hardtner Supply as Butcher/Manager until his illness and death. He loved his customers who sometimes drove miles just to go in and sit awhile. Jerry’s greatest joy was being a Grandpa and spending time with his family. He loved fishing, golfing, bowling and family reunions with the Masons.
Jerry joined the Kansas Army National Guard in October 1963 and retired with an Honorary Discharge in October 1983 as Sergeant First Class E7.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Mervin and Flo Mason; his brothers and their wives; Dewey and Dorthea Mason, Milton and Lavonna Mason, and Darrel and Martha Mason.
Jerry is survived by his wife Peggy of Kiowa; son, Todd Mason and his wife, Audra of Ponca City, Oklahoma; daughter, Jody Mason Hart of Enid, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Taylor and Cole Mason, Megan and Bryson Hart; brothers, Albert Mason and his wife, Dolores and Harry Mason and his wife, Dianna; his sisters, Betty Woods and her husband, Ed and his twin sister, Janet Hardin and her husband, Merle and many loving nieces, nephews, and numerous other relatives and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Kiowa United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 6, 2016. A visitation will be held at Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016 and Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with the family present from 4:00 to 7:00. Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery.
Memorials may be contributions to the family through the funeral home or to a charity of your choice. ¬¬
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He’s the hard working, thoughtful and sensitive kind
An honest and warmhearted man…
He’s simply a person who’s doing his best
To live as well as he can.
You’ll probably not see his name in lights,
His goal is not glory or fame.
He may not be chosen as man of the year,
And not all will remember his name.
He most likely values the people he loves
And friendship to him is a prize.
Contentment with life can be seen in his face
And happiness shines in his eyes
He’ll share what he has with somebody in need,
Find time to help those in distress…
He may not be famous, he may not be rich,
But at living, this man is a success.
--L. L. Elrod
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Peggy and Family, I'm deeply sorry to hear about Jerry. May God help you and your family. Jerry always greeted everyone with respect and and a smile!
Sorry to hear about Jerry. Went to school with Jerry/Janet in Anthony. God bless you and your families.
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