March 16, 1937 - May 2, 2010
Richard Earl "Dick" Mason born March 16, 1937 died May 2, 2010, at Providence St. Vincent Hospital Portland, Ore. He was cremated; his service will be May 11th. 11 a.m. at Lincoln Memorial Gardens, Portland Ore.
Richard Earl Mason was born at home in Freewater, Ore, to William Carlton Mason and Ruth Josephine (Olmsted) Mason, (His father settled in Freewater, Ore., in January 1901 coming from lander, Wyo., by covered wagon when (Carl) was only ten years of age. Ruth came to Freewater, Ore., with neighbors in 1933 from Lavina, Mont., she was a nurse. Richard's first job was working for his father on the water job, as his father was deputy water master for Umatilla County for 45 years. Richard graduated from Ferndale Grade School and McLoughlin High School. 1957, Richard was a member of the Nazarene Church in Milton, Ore. He went to college at Northwest Nazarene College (now University) Nampa, Idaho, and became a licensed minister. He went to the Army in Aug. of 1963, doing his basic training at Fort Oford before transferred to serve at Fort Carson, Colo. While on leave in Dec. of 1963, Richard traveled to Portland, Ore., and married his college sweetheart Kathleen Sterner, whom he had met at NNC (NNU). Together they returned to Fort Carson, Colo., where his first daughter Crystal Noel Mason was later born. He was sent via ship to Vietnam in Sept. 1965, where he served ad a medic for the U.S. Army until his return to the United States in Aug. of 1966. His second daughter Naomi was born in Portland, Ore. in June 1967. Richard then moved to Milwaukee, Ore., with his wife and family and had two more daughters born to this marriage. Esther born in April of 1970, and Rebecca Arlette in Nov. of 1972. Richard worked for the United States Post Office until his retirement and also was in the National Guard of Ore. Richard and Kathleen were divorced in 1986, and Richard Mason then married Marilyn Rymal in June 1991.
Surviving Richard Mason is his wife Marilyn Mason of Portland, Ore., and daughter Crystal (Mason) Cooper and son in-law Kevin Cooper of Gladstone, Ore., Naomi Ruth (Mason) Rettinger and son in-law Dewey Rettinger of Salem, Ore., Esther Renee (Mason) Richardson and son in-law Ron Richardson of Maricopa, AZ., Rebecca Arlette (Mason) Stroda and son in-law Kyle Stroda of St. Helens, Ore., one step son Christopher Rymal of Portland, Ore. Grandchildren: Amber Richardson of Phoenix, AZ., Mattew and Samantha Richardson of Maricopa, AZ., Kaitlyn, Kyle and David Stroda of St. Helens, Ore. Sisters: Beulah Grace (Mason) Riddle of Milton-Freewater, Ore., Audrey Mae (Mason) Edes of Sunnyside, WA. One brother Norman LeRoy Mason of Milton-Freewater, Ore. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.