MAST, Jerry 1865-1923
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/6/2015 at 22:29:04
Jerry Mast Died At Fairbanks Last Saturday
End Came After Many Months Of Great Suffering
Came to County 42 Yrs. Ago
Deceased Was Successful Farmer and Man of High Standing in Community
It is written in the Scriptures that there are some who shall enter into their rest only after much tribulation and suffering. Of such number was Jeremiah Mast, who departed this life on November 24th, 1923, at the age of 57 years, 10 months and 28 days. He was born in Wells county, Indiana, on the 26th day of December, 1865, the son of John and Rebecca Mast. The family home was moved to the state of Iowa in 1881 and was located in Palermo township, Grundy county, where as a boy he attended the public school, grew to manhood and himself assumed the responsibilities that fell to his generation. On the 4th day of July, 1889, Jeremiah Mast was married to Lucinda A. Bockes and a new home was established in Palermo township to be continued there until 1917, when a well-earned retirement from active duties led them to make their home in Conrad, Iowa. To their lives were born nine children, three of whom God called in infancy to eternal life in that happy realm above. John Henry Mast, of Grundy Center; Mrs. Wilford Beinfang, of Fairbank, Iowa; Bertha Florence, Mrs. Orville Kell, Ralph Raymond and Edna Alice, all of Conrad, Iowa, with the widowed mother mourn their father's departure are the allotted three score years and ten of man's life were run. The deceased was a successful farmer, an influential member of the community and a sincere Christian man. For many years he was a member of the Reformed church of Palermo township, and later united with the First Presbyterian church of Grundy Center, Iowa, and more recently in Conrad, Iowa. At this latter place, for several years, Mr. Mast was superintendent of the Sunday school and was entering into a useful and happy life in his community when the sickness which resulted in his death attacked and clung tenaciously to this good man. For four years he suffered unrelieved pain, and at the home of his daughter at Fairbank, Iowa, he fell asleep in the Lord. The last hours of his life were peaceful and the spirit of Jeremiah Mast slipped quietly away to be with his fathers. Beside wife and children he is survived by eight grandchildren, two brothers, David Mast, of Grundy Center, and Josiah Mast of Cedar Falls, Iowa; and two sisters, Mary and Sarah Mast, of Grundy Center, Iowa.
So ends a good and useful life which by faith has surmounted the fears of death and the grave and now has entered into the life eternal.
The funeral services were held at the home of David Mast, in Grundy Center, and also at the First Presbyterian church of that city with interment in the cemetery at this place. The service was conducted by a former pastor of the Conrad church, the Rev. Oliver Stevenson, of Walnut, Ia., and by the present pastor of the Presbyterian church at Conrad, the Rev. Spencer Baker, assisted by the Rev. Earl William Benbow of Grundy Center. A mixed quartet from Conrad provided beautiful music. The funeral was largely attended and evidenced the esteem and regard in which Jeremiah Mast was held.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 29 November 1923, pg 1
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