Arthur J. Mason, 88, of Fort Dodge, passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at his home in Fort Dodge. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge with Rev. Edward Durand officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors conducted by the United States Navy. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Fort Dodge.
Art is survived by his wife, Marvel; three children, Kim Dunne, Melanie (Lance) Jordison and Jerry Mason, all of Fort Dodge; eight grandchildren, Jason Strader, Tammy (Andy) Consbruck, Shaun (Megan) Strader, Lucas Jordison, A. J. (Megan) Mason, Tyler (Mandie) Jordison, Ashley Mason, and Kalie Mason; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Gerald Mason of Marshalltown, Iowa. Art is preceded in death by his parents, a great-grandson, Owen Mason; six brothers and sisters, Bob Mason, Jim Mason, Edith Funk, Thelma Thorpe, Helen Thorpe, and Jay Mason.
Arthur J. Mason, the son of Arthur and Florence (Gray) Mason, was born February 7, 1925 in Carnarvon, Iowa and he attended Wall Lake High School. When Art turned 18 he entered the United States Navy and served in WWII on board the USS Salt Lake City in the South Pacific. After he served in WWII, Art graduated from Barber College in 1946 and began barbering in Sioux City, Iowa. In 1949, on his 24th birthday, he married Marvel Hudson in Omaha, Nebraska. Art worked as a barber in Wall Lake, Iowa until he was called back into the Navy in 1950. He served a year during the Korean War receiving a medical discharge in 1951. Art and his family lived in San Diego, California for five years where he worked at an area barber shop. In 1955, Art moved his family to Fort Dodge where he was a barber at the Wahkonsa for 58 years. He tried to retire at the age of 70 but his customers would not let him. Art continued to work at his barber shop and in the past few years he just worked mornings. One of Art greatest joys was to give his grandsons their first haircuts.
Art loved to hunt and fish and was a big Hawkeye fan. Besides his grandchildren his love was slow pitch softball. Art played slow pitch softball for several area businesses and in the later years he coached and managed several slow pitch teams. In 1977, Art was inducted into the Softball Hall of Fame. Art is a member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.
Memorial may be left to the discretion of the family.