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MASON, Hobson Obed "Hob"


Posted By: Pat Ludeke (email)
Date: 8/17/2013 at 00:10:04


CLEAR LAKE - Hobson O. “Hob” Mason, 74, died Saturday (March 20, 1999) at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 101 Ninth Ave. S., Clear Lake, with Monsignor Joseph J. Slepicka officiating. Burial will be in Clear Lake Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 North Fourth St., Clear Lake, with a scriptural prayer service beginning at 7 p.m.

Hobson Obed Mason was born Sept. 3, 1924, in Jackson, Miss. Hob grew up in Jackson, Miss., where he graduated from high school. He attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S. D., in the pre-med. program until being drafted into the Army during World War II.

As a child he learned to play the piano from a Catholic nun in Jackson, Miss. He traveled all over the country playing the piano in Big Bands. He married Mable Lenora Freim on Feb. 14, 1960, in Sioux Falls, S. D.

In May 1962, he and his wife moved to Clear Lake where he loved to play the piano at All Vets, the Red Lama Restaurant, the Chart Steak House, Sheraton Hotel, the Waterfront, and then the Prime and Wine. He played many weddings, funerals, parties and special events. In 1998 he served as Grand Marshal of the North Iowa Band Festival.

Hob enjoyed making and flying kites. He loved riding his bicycle around Clear Lake and he loved spending time with his constant companion, Trooper.

Survivors include two children, Morris Mason and his wife, Lynette, Waukee, and Denise Mason-Hennigar and her husband, Scott, Manly, and Mable's children, Mary Huppmann and her husband, Joe, and their two children, Kate and Derrick, Emerald Isle, N. C., and Albert Baldino, Springville, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his father at a young age; his mother, Mattie Hobson Mason in 1969; and his wife, Mable, in 1994.

His family expressed gratitude to some of the special people that helped Hob in so many ways: JoAnn Sedars, Art Fishbeck, Scott Bell, Larry Thompson, Tom and Bob Sherman, John Sjolinder, John "Choo-Choo" Miller, Richard and Kevin Dean, many others too numerous to mention, and the late Tom MacNider, Carroll Stephenson, Sam Ransom and Curt Hanson.


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