Lawrence Mason Sr.
Former Madras resident Lawrence "Red" Kent Mason Sr., died at his home in Brigham City, Utah, Nov. 16, 2004, at the age of 82.
Mr. Mason was born July 27, 1922, in Gateway, Ore., to parents James and Benjamin Mason and Esther Emily Colburn Mason. He grew up in Madras and graduated from Madras Union High School on May 15, 1941.
After graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and fought during World War II with the Med Det 335 INF GEG 84th Rail Splitter Division.
He was taken prisoner of war on Dec. 24, 1944, at a camp located near Hanover, Germany. He had marched over a thousand miles through Europe, wearing a pair of wooden shoes strapped to his feet with sheets after a German soldier took his boots.
He was put into forced labor concentration camps in the coldest winter in Germany's history. His camp was liberated on May 2, 1945, and five days later, Mason found himself in the city of Brussels, Belgium, where he celebrated V.E. Day with his Army comrades. Mason later told his family that when he was a prisoner he prayed to God every day that his life would be spared, so he could someday marry and have a family of his own.
He married his sweetheart Loualla Babe Marie Patchen on July 22, 1951, in Portland. He was employed at the Intermountain Tribal School as a night attendant and dorm father for the students. He was also employed at Thiokol, Utah, as a security Guard for 10 years. He and Babe ran the Old Flying J Station in Willard, Utah, where they met many friends.
His special interests included fishing with his grandchildren, gardening, wood working, being a horseman and visiting with neighbors.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Esther Mason of Bear River, Wyo.; three special granddaughters, Amanda Campbell of So. Ogden, Utah, Jessica Mason and Martie Herrera, both of Brigham City, Utah; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews; sisters, Marguerite (Lewis) Jones of Culver, Ind., Doris Mason of Portland; sister-in-law, Madeline Patchen of Bend.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Loualla Babe Patchen on Jan. 23, 2004; brothers, James Mason and Morris Mason; and granddaughter, Ella Mason.
Funeral services were held Nov. 19, at Myers Mortuary Chapel in Brigham City, Utah. Interment was in the Brigham City Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family through the Web site: www.myers-mortuary.com.
Richard Henry Wilson, a resident of Kent, died Nov. 22, 2004, at Mountain View Hospital at the age of 76.
Mr. Wilson was born July 19, 1928, in The Dalles to parents Jeremiah and Elizabeth (Kelley) Wilson.
On June 28, 1953, he married Phyllis Eberhart at The Dalles. He was a lifetime resident of Kent, who owned and operated his own crop farm.
Mr. Wilson was a former member of the Elks Lodge in The Dalles and a member of the Mid Columbia Co-op. His special interests included hunting and working in his shop.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Wilson of Kent; children, Kelly Goicoa of Madras, Kevin Wilson of Culver and Katrina Busler of Twin Falls, Idaho; brother, Jerry Wilson of The Dalles; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
A private family service was held. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.