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Robert Mason

March 24, 2021 | 5 comments

Robert Mason, 89, went to his eternal home in heaven on March 19, 2021 after a brief illness.  He was a man of both deep and practical faith.  Robert was born in La Crosse Wisconsin on March 3, 1932 to Ben and Bessie Mason. Bob remained a resident of Onalaska, Wisconsin, until moving to Florida.

From 1950-1952 he served in the US Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS ‘Oriskany’.  In 1952 Bob married the love of his life, Janice Wallen. He and Jan were married nearly 66 years.  God blessed  them with three children: Debby (Keith) Jesser of Andover, Minnesota, Tom (Julie) Mason of Boone, Iowa and  Patty (Marco) Herrmann  of The Villages, Florida, also 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Bob was employed as a sales representative for CAPP HOMES for 25 years.  His greatest achievement during this time was selling and shipping 100 homes in one calendar year.  Later, he launched his own apartment rental business, ROBERTS RENTALS, which he owned for over 30 years.  Bob and Jan retired initially to Boca Raton, Florida.  Since 2005, they have resided in The Villages, Florida.

Bob was a life long Green Bay Packer fan.  He was also an avid golfer and proudly aced a hole-in-one on a championship course.  Bob enjoyed showing his 1932 Studebaker at car shows and won many first place awards.  He was a long standing member and trustee at Bethany Evangelical Free Church in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Bob dearly loved his family.  They enjoyed many years at a lake cottage that he built for them.  He enjoyed generously providing for his family in many ways.  He will be deeply missed by all.

A memorial service will be held at Live Oaks Community Church in The Villages on Saturday April 10, 2021. Visitation at 9 am followed by the service at 10 am.

On Saturday June 12th a private family military committal service will take place in Onalaska, Wisconsin. A celebration of life reception will follow from 11 am to 1pm at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason Street, Onalaska, Wisconsin.

Memorials may be given to Live Oaks Community Church, The Villages, Florida.



  1. John and Carlene Malin

    We are so appreciative to have known Bob and his family.
    Jan, Debbie, Tom and Patty we have fond memories of the time we shared at Bethany and with The Enthusiastic’s. We send our condolences to each of you for your loss and celebrate Bob’s life for his service to God’s glory

  2. Elizabeth Annoreno

    Praying for you and your love ones, now our husbands are together with their Lord they love and serve.
    May Jesus be your stronghold, your joy and your peace.
    With His love and mine.
    Your forever friend.

  3. Dan Noctor

    Aunt Jan and Family,

    As you remember your love one, as God heals your broken hearts (Psalm 147:3), may your treasured memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength to endure.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers for the loss of Bob. God Bless!

    Diane, Dan, Alec and Engy

  4. Judy Twite

    Bob was such a fun guy to be with. He brought out the joy of the Lord in me. We were so blessed as a family to spend such great times at the cottage. They were our first couple who were Christians , we met after we came to Christ. He was a blessing to our family . As was their family.

  5. Heidi

    What a beautiful tribute to such a wonderful man. May God hold you all close in his loving arms, and bring you all peace. I’m a friend of Debby and Keith’s.


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