Richard Mason(1926 - 2014)

Richard K. Mason
August 6, 1926 - February 10, 2014
Richard K. Mason, 87, went to his heavenly home, February 10, 2014. He was born in Ryderwood, Washington, August 6, 1926, to Edward and Kate Mason, and was the 5th child of 6. He attended school in Kalispell, Montana, and after the 8th grade, he made his way to the Florida Keys where he worked until he joined the Army during World War II.
During the war he was stationed on a ship near the Philippines. On August 6, 1945, the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, and he was deployed to that city to repair the phone lines. He returned to Ft. Lewis, Washington where he finished his enlistment. While stationed at Ft. Lewis, he met Veleta Bibbey, and they were married in Nyssa, Oregon. During their time at Ft. Lewis, they had their son, Dennis, and soon returned to Nyssa after his discharge from the Army. While living in Nyssa, their daughter, LaVonna was born. "Dick" worked for Mollerup's, a farm equipment store in Ontario, Oregon. In 1956, they moved to Caldwell where he continued working for Mollerup's, as well as Bill's Service Parts. In 1958 Veleta passed away and a year later, he met and married Lucile Strickland and added 2 daughters, Beverly and Janet to the family.
Around 1964, Dick and Lucile bought the Dairy Queen in Caldwell, and together they owned and operated it for 20 years. After selling the Dairy Queen, they were able to travel all over the United States, which they thoroughly enjoyed doing together. Dick and Lucile joined the Recreational Vehicle in Christ Service (RIVICS) group, and continued traveling, working on churches, and faith based places. Dick loved repairing anything that was broke.
He loved the outdoors and enjoyed the time they spent in Garden Valley, where he could do his fly fishing and just being in the mountains.
He is survived by his sister, Hellen Huffman of Tacoma, Washington; 4 children, Dennis (Diane) Mason, LaVonna (Mike) Gipe, Beverly (Ed) Hilliard, and Janet (Ron) Smith; Also, 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandsons.
He was preceded in death by 3 sisters, 1 brother, 1 grandson, Veleta Mason, his first wife, and Lucile to whom he was married for 53 years.
Special thanks to the staff at Prestige Assisted Living at Autumn Winds in Caldwell for the wonderful care and love you gave to Dad. Also, to Heart n' Home Hospice for the extra touches and care that you gave to dad as well as our family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the DAV, Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 13 in Nampa.
Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 N. Horseshoe Bend Rd., Boise, ID 83714.
Services are in the care of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Condolences can be shared with the family at


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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Feb. 13, 2014