Mason McNutt, 90, of Chadron, Nebraska died Sunday, January 24, 2016, at Pioneer Manor in Gillette, Wyoming surrounded by family.
Mason was born on July 14, 1925 in Chadron to Alexander and Josephine Blotney McNutt. He graduated from Chadron High School in 1943 and at the age of 17 enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, beginning basic training in San Diego, California. After basic training, he was sent to Hawaii and trained as a machine gunner. From Hawaii he sailed to the Marshall Islands and on to Guadalcanal to join the 6th Marine Division.
In 1945 he sailed from Guadalcanal to Okinawa and was involved in the assault on Okinawa. After living on Okinawa for three months, he was sent to Guam to train for the invasion of Japan
Once Japan had surrendered, he was sent to Tsingtao, China with the 2nd Marine Battalion to accept the surrender of Japanese forces in China.
He returned to the U.S. on January 29, 1946 and was discharged, a few days later returning to Chadron, Nebraska.
On August 3, 1946 he married his high school sweetheart Pauline Pascoe. They have lived their entire lives in Chadron. Mason went from being a mechanic at Preg Chevrolet in 1946 to Shop Forman and Parts Manager in 1953. In October of 1953 he went to work for Metal Products, Co. and purchased the business in 1961. He and Pauline ran the business until 1985 when he retired.
He was a charter member of the Chadron Lions Club in 1950 and served on the Chadron Planning Committee, Chadron Housing Authority, and the board of Chadron Community Hospital. He and Pauline were also members of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, where he had also served on the church council. Mason enjoyed camping, gardening, and tinkering in his shop. He spent many hours on his small parcel of land near Chadron State Park.
Survivors include: his wife Pauline of Chadron; two sons: Bill (Dianne) of Bassett, Nebraska, and Mike (Barbara) of Gillette, Wyoming; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron, Nebraska with Reverend Bruce Baum officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials to the Nebraska Lions Foundation or Immanuel Lutheran Church. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, Nebraska 69337.
He leaves loving memories to be cherished by his family.