Owen David Mason, Jr.
March 16, 1945 – August 1, 2017
Owen David Mason Jr. (Dave), of Granby, MO passed away at 72 years young on August 1, 2017, peacefully and surrounded with the love of his wife and children in Springfield, MO after the complications of a stroke. He will be deeply missed. Dave was a kind, gentle, loving man and very spirited too. He loved his family and always worked hard to support them. He was the apple of their eye.
Dave was born to Owen & Berlie Mason in Los Angeles, California on March 16, 1945. His family moved to Hanford in 1946 where he was raised and lived for over 50 years. Dave attended Roosevelt Elementary School and Woodrow Wilson Junior High School, but when he was 13 years old he became very ill with a kidney disease which kept him home through his remaining years of school. He was home schooled by a wonderful teacher, Joe Grissom who remained in contact with the family for years after Dave graduated high school.
In 1979 Dave met the love of his life, Janniet, and it didn't take long for them to take the plunge and begin their blended family (which is why they have 2 daughters named Melissa).
Dave was an excellent mechanic and fabricator. He could fix and build anything, even fabricating needed parts from the blueprint in his head. Once he knew how something operated, he could visualize what it needed and make it, a trait that ran in his family. He learned a lot from his father. His career in mechanics began in 1963 at a local service station and continued years later at Pirelli-Armstrong Tire Company.
After retiring from Pirelli-Armstrong, Dave and his wife Janniet decided to move to Missouri, and half of their kids followed. He enjoyed his later years of life with them in the ‘Show Me State'. Dave enjoyed road trips, camping, chocolate chip cookies, and family gatherings.
Dave is survived by his wife, Janniet Mason, his children Melissa Wescoat and husband Steve of Hanford, Julie Hawkins of Tennessee, Melissa Courtney and husband Mike of Neosho, MO, Scott Stites and wife Cassie of Carthage, MO, Christopher Mason and wife LeighAnn of Granby, MO; 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; sisters, Jeanette Ruch and husband Barney of Hanford, Linda Haley and husband Clee of Hanford; his many nieces and nephews; extended family and friends.
Dave is preceded in death by his parents, Owen David Mason, Sr. and Berlie Mason
Dave's memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 1:00pm at Life Way Church, 501 E. Bush Street, Lemoore. His final resting place will be at Grangeville Cemetery.