Harry Eugene "Gene" Mason Jr.

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HARRY EUGENE "GENE" MASON, JR.
April 12, 1926 ~ July 31, 2016

Harry Eugene "Gene" Mason, Jr. passed away on July 31, 2016 at 90 years old. He was born in Fort Cobb, OK on April 12, 1926 to Ethel and Harry Mason, Sr. During the Great Depression, Gene was 8 years old when the family decided to leave the Oklahoma dust bowl and moved to Vancouver, WA.
Gene's first job was delivering the Columbian newspaper. He remembered delivering the Oct. 30, 1938 Orson Wells "War of the Worlds" issue to eager readers the day after the memorable broadcast. During high school, Gene worked at the Kaiser Shipyards. He would attend school and then work from 3:30 p.m. until midnight every day. He graduated from Vancouver High School in 1944.
Gene attended the University of Washington, was a veteran of both WWII and the Korean campaign serving in the Naval Air Force, and was a member of the American Legion.
After Gene's service to his country, he married Marlene Ekholm on Oct. 18, 1954 and was hired at Bonneville Power. He helped to build the Chief Joseph dam while living in Brewster, WA. They soon moved to Vancouver, WA where they raised their two sons, Vernon and Jerry. Gene worked as a Meter Relay Technician for Bonneville for 27 years.
He retired at age 55 and became an avid golf member at Club Green Meadows. He loved playing his daily "19 holes" with his golfing buddies. He enjoyed golfing around the world, Scotland's St. Andrews, New Zealand, the Caribbean, and Hawaii. He was very proud of his hole-in-one at Juniper Golf Course in Redmond, OR. Along with golf, he was a life master in Contract Bridge, enjoyed playing poker, family deer hunting trips, fishing, and gardening. He could bake a great apple pie from scratch!
Gene is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marlene; son, Vernon W. Mason II (Joanne); granddaughters, Shelby and Sarah; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Helen Ann Willard; brother, Vernon W. Mason I; and son, Gerald "Jerry" R. Mason.
The family would like to thank Delores and staff of Grandpa's Place Salmon Creek for the wonderful care that Gene received these past 3 months.
At Gene's request, there will be no service.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.

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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 14, 2016
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