Funeral services for Tom Mason, age 96, longtime Faith, SD area rancher were held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at the Faith Community Center in Faith, SD with Pastor Connie Eichinger officiating. Burial followed at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD. Military Honors will be afforded by the Robert O'Shea American Legion Post #106 and the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard.
Country music was provided by Butch Samuelson and Terri Kissack.
Serving as casketbearers were his nephew, Dennis Welter, great-nephew, Skyler Welter, Cody Shuelke, Leon Engle and his two grandsons, Mike Fitzgerald and Bob Fitzgerald
Tom C Mason, 96, well known Faith rancher passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the West River Medical Center, Hettinger, ND
Tom Clifford Mason was born the youngest of six children on March 31, 1917. He grew up and worked his whole life on his ranch west of Faith, SD. The only time he was away for any length of time from the land he grew to love, was when he served a stint in the Navy during WW II, 1942 - 1945. In 1960 Tom married Minnie Smith Peltz (the girl next door). They eventually added the Smith place to their ranch. With the marriage, came a ready-made family and eventually grandchildren with Minnie's children, Lorraine Fitzgerald and Ellwood Peltz.
Left to mourn his passing are his stepson, Elwood (April) Peltz, Bremerton, WA; stepdaughter, Lorraine (Don) Fitzgerald, Bismarck, ND; five step grandchildren; eight step great- grandchildren; four nieces, Audrey Henderson, Mobridge, SD, Barbara Lyon, Meadow, Mary Lee Hayden, Oshkosh, WI and Judy Mason, Tacoma, WA; two nephews, Dennis (Noma) Welter, Faith, SD and Roger (Ann) Rohrer, Lead, SD; and numerous great nieces and great nephews.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Minnie Mason; two nephews, Wade and Jerry Mason; three brothers, Ray, William (Billy) and Ron; two sisters, Lila Welter and Janet Rohrer.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred in Tom's name to a charity of the donor's choice.
Memories of the past from David Paul, September 19, 2012; The Faith Independent: "It was the summer of 1976...There was a lot of stretch between his soiled hat and his work boots. The horse was attired much as its rider. The saddle was well worn with no extra trappings, no rope, single rigged. The headstall tie-down was a twine string. No stock rack! Horse and rider were the same color. The rider was browned by the sun, and the horse was all natural. There was no gleam or shine attached to either...I am just as much today as I was back then, intrigued with the simplicity of this rancher's management style. I had just met my good neighbor, Tom Mason.