He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Mason and Alberta Mason, his sister, Melba Gibson, his brother Thomas Mason, and his grandson, Michael Mason.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lawanda B. Mason; his daughter, Rhonda Jones of Norwalk, Ohio; his sons, Kirk Mason (Linda) of Sarasota, Florida, Brad Mason (Carol) of Huron, Ohio, and Brett Mason (Cheri) of Fairfax, Virginia. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
Bob was born in Elyria, Ohio, and graduated from Elyria High School class of 1948. He is a Navy veteran of the Korean War, including 2 circumnavigations of the earth and an equatorial crossing. He separated from the Navy as a 2 nd Class Petty Officer (Quartermaster), hitch hiking his way home from San Diego, California, to Elyria, Ohio. After returning home, he met his life-long companion, Lawanda, and started a family. As his family grew, he coached little league baseball, was a Norwalk Trucker Booster, lead countless bibles studies, and performed pre-game chapel services for the Detroit Lions. A decade’s long sales representative for Norwalk Furniture Corporation, Bob had clients all across the Northern half of Ohio, many of whom became life-long family friends. When at home, Bob liked to work with his hands, and always had a home improvement project in planning or underway. After retiring, he frequently played golf at Thunderbird Hills and Eagle Creek, traveled with family, and watched his extended family grow. In recent years, Bob & Lawanda left Huron and returned to Norwalk, re-establishing the Mason home base. Norwalk is home for the Robert W. Mason Family.
Visitation will be held at Walker-Eastman-Heydinger Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio, Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home.
He will be interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Norwalk, Ohio, with military honors conducted by Ken Bur Bell Post #41 American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to Successful Relationships, 124 C, Cleveland Road, Norwalk, Ohio 44857, or to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758577, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
Online condolences may be made by going to www.edwalkerfuneralhome.com.