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Robert A. 'Bob' Masson

Jan 3, 2014 Staff

Robert A. "Bob" Masson, of Lander, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper following complications from a fall in his home.

Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of life service will be in the spring. Interment will be in Rawlins Cemetery.

Robert A. Masson was born in 1923 in Duluth, Minn., the son of Jack and Nell Masson. The family then moved to La Porte, Ind., where he spent his grade school years. The family later moved to Parco (now Sinclair) in 1935 when his father brought a woolen mill to the penitentiary in Rawlins so the inmates could learn a trade. Mr. Masson finished grade school in Parco and graduated from Rawlins High School in 1942.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, serving at various light-and medium-bomber training bases in the southeastern United States. His interest in aviation was sparked by his duties there, and he earned his private pilot's license upon discharge. In later years he loved to recount stories of his flying experiences in Wyoming in the late 1940s and the 1950s, including his adventures delivering the Denver Post to area ranchers by airplane and making other flights for the Civil Air Patrol.

In 1947 he married Anna Pearson in Rawlins. They had four children and remained married for more than 66 years. In 1961 they moved from Sinclair to Rawlins. In 1998 they moved to Lander to be closer to a son and a daughter who lived in the area.

He was employed by the Sinclair refinery for 37 years, retiring in 1979. He subsequently began a career in real estate, first as a salesman and then as a broker before retiring in earnest in the 1990s.

He was an active member of the Korein Shrine and Rawlins Lodge No. 5 A.F. & A.M. for 56 years. The work the Shriners do through sponsorship of their network of children's hospitals was important to him, and supporting them was one of his proudest endeavors.

His family said he loved Wyoming, and he also loved to travel outside the state. He and his wife traveled the country extensively in recreational vehicles, often making lifelong friends along the way. His family said he will be remembered for his outgoing, candid demeanor, his quick wit and subtle sense of humor, and most of all, his love of life.

He is survived by his wife, Anna; daughters Sandra Ferry and her husband Gene of Lander and Cheryl Outland and her husband Tom of Worland; sons Dr. Gregory Masson and his wife Sandy of Fayetteville, Ga., and William Masson and his wife Susan of Lander; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Nell Masson, and his brothers, Jack Masson and Stanley Masson.

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