Ronald Eugene Mason Sr., 62, of Belpre, Ohio, died Dec. 6, 2012, at the Marietta Memorial Hospital, after a long illness.
He was born June 27, 1950, in Parkersburg, to the late Pansy Irene (Compton) Mason and Wesley Monroe Bailey; his step-father was James Howard Mason, who along with his mother raised him. He graduated from Washington Technical College, Reemelin High School-Belpre High School. He worked at Universal Glass Co., aka National Bottle Company, American Cyanamid Chemical Company and Elkem Metals Company. He was a member of Oil, Chemical & Atomic Workers Local # 3-639, Chemical Workers Local #120 and Glass workers Local #36. He also was the owner and photographer of R.E.M. Studio in Marietta.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Marilyn D. (Binegar) Mason, whom he married Sept. 27, 1968; one son, Ronald E. Mason Jr. and his wife Deborah of Parkersburg, W.Va.; two daughters, Melissa D. Watkins and her husband James of Delaware, Ohio and Jennifer J. Wears and her husband Shane of Belpre, Ohio; five grandsons, Austin Henthorne, Tyler, Zachary, Ryan Mason and Corey Watkins; one granddaughter, Courtney Wears; one great-granddaughter, Addison Mason; three sisters, Lucy C. Stephens and her husband Charles of Belpre, Ohio, Renee J. Schillings and her husband Norman of Baltic, Ohio and Robyn D. Hendricks and her husband Allen of Massillon, Ohio; three brothers, Robert D. Mason of Belpre, Ohio, Rodney E. Bailey of Massillon, Ohio and Dana M. Bailey of Massillon, Ohio; sister-in-law, Beverly Mason of Belpre, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Pansy I. Mason in 1982; step-father, James H. Mason in 1979; father, Wesley M. Bailey in 1987; step-mother, Wilma L. Bailey in 2003; three brothers, Gary D. Bailey in 2000, James L. Mason in 2011 and Dana M. Bailey of Massillon, Ohio in 2004; his mother-in-law, Verna M. Binegar in 1995; and his father-in-law, Kenneth R. Binegar in 1972.
He was a long time member of Calvary Community Church, and he was a born again Christian and believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with Pastor Kenneth Fullerton and Tom Leasure officiating. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Cemetery in Marietta, Ohio. Visitation will be 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Monday.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.leavittfuneralhome.com