MOUNT VERNON — Ronald W. Mason, 81, of New Delaware Road, Mount Vernon, passed away Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at Knox Community Hospital.
He was born June 13, 1929, in Berkeley, Calif., to the late George and Mary Louise (Miller) Mason. He was a graduate of Lash High School in Zanesville Class of 1947, got his bachelor and master’s degrees from The Ohio State University in 1952 and 1959. Ronald was employed as the personnel manager at Cooper-Bessemer from 1960-1966 and later became the owner and manager of Mount Vernon Personnel Services from 1966-1983. He was a member of the Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, AMVETS Post 95 Sad Sacks, the American Legion Post 92, Utica, the Masonic Lodge in Zanesville and Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus Consistory. Ronald was the founder and executive director of the Junior Achievement program in Mount Vernon from 1967-1972. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and planting trees. Ronald was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1952-1954 and served in the Army Reserves for over 16 years.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 59 years, Betty (Darling) Mason of Mount Vernon; his daughter, Cindy (Robert) Yost of Reynoldsburg; his son, Richard (Kimberly) Mason of Reynoldsburg; four grandchildren, Ashley Yost, Kelsey Yost, Brock Mason and Brady Mason; a sister, Betty (Donald) Franks of Noblesville, Ind.; a brother, Robert (Marcia) Mason of Zanesville; a brother-in-law, Ted Gates of Zanesville; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Ronald was preceded in death by his sister, Grace Gates.
Friends may call Thursday, Feb. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon, where a service will be held Friday beginning at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Douglas Shriner officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council, will follow in Friendship Cemetery in Mount Vernon.
Memorial contributions can be made to AMVETS Post 95, Nurses Scholarship Fund, 311 S. Mechanics St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. To leave a condolence to the family online visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Ronald W. Mason.