Norman Mason

December 17, 1930 ~ January 23, 2023

          Norman Mason, 92, of Park Hills, passed away January 23, 2023, at Parkland South in Farmington.  He was born December 17, 1930, in Bonne Terre, to the late Carl O. and Mary Sarepta (Rhodes) Mason.  Norman lived in Esther and after graduating from high school, he joined the United States Army, in 1951.  While he was stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, he met the love of his life and wed Gloria Halls on May 29, 1952, in the Garden of Gods.  Norman was assigned to Army posts in Dusseldorf, Germany and Paris, France until being honorably discharged in 1954.  The two moved back to the Mineral Area and later to Bismarck.   

          In 1963, Norman and Bob Grisham formed Grisham & Mason Hardware and Appliances.  Norman then earned his real estate license in 1973, a profession he enjoyed very much and formed lifelong friendships.  He had the honor of serving as President of MA Board of Realtors as well as Mo State Board of Realtors and was a Life Member of the Million Dollar Club.    Norman proudly served on the Bismarck School Board for over 20 years, was a member of the Elvins Masonic Lodge, and the Taylor Avenue Methodist Church, and he was a Shriner.  Norman and Gloria loved to square dance and were founding members of the Bismarck Square Thru’s and The Mineral Area Chat Dancers, which became Gamma Tau Mu camping group in 1971.  Norman was also an honorary member of the Breast Friends Relay For Life Team.      

          He was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Gloria Mason; sister, Evelyn Gehlert of Sparks, NV; and beloved granddaughter, Carla Marie Crocker.

          Norman is survived by his children, Mary Mason and Scott Mason; great-grandkids, Nash Mason Davis and Hattie Lee Crocker; dear cousin, Sue Turner; nephews, Bryan and Gregg Gehlert; special friends, Lenny Henson, Lynn Ellis and Bob LaPlant; many other family members and friends also survive.  Norman was known by many and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 

          There will be a small private service held for Norman.  Arrangements are under the direction of C.Z. Boyer and Son Funeral Home in Desloge.  Memorials may be directed to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.     


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  1. I have known Norman since our Junior College days. He also was my real estate agent on several home purchases. I enjoyed watching his great dancing with Gloria. I considered him a good friend.

  2. Thoughts and prayers to Mary and Scott. Lived by the Masons in Bismarck, MO. Norman loved to camp and would go coon hunting with my dad. Every Friday evening Norman would light up a cigar, jump on the riding mower, and mow the yard- happy as he could be. I saw Norman a year ago at Huddle house in Leadington. I thought I knew him so I went up to him and ask if he was Bismarck. He said yes and I told him who I was. We talked and it felt good to see him. Norman and Gloria- Rest In Peace. The Keith McCord family

  3. Norman and I were Realtor buddies who traveled together along with John Polete from Fredricktown to many State Realtor meetings across the state for years. I’ll always remember Norman as a true Gentleman and great friend. 
    And yes he loved to dance!
    We stayed in touch after I left Mineral Area Board of Resltors and moved to the Lake
    I’ll always remember him as a true friend. 
    My best to Mary and Scott. 
    Kevin Winters 

  4. Norman has been a family friend for years. My parents camped with him and Gloria. We shared many meals and special times together. Norman was a great man. He’ll be missed. Prayers for Scott, Mary, and other family members. 

  5. I have known Norman for many years through his real estate career. You just couldn’t help but love that man. Always a gentleman. I always enjoyed seeing him and catching up on the latest events. God bless you Norman. You were one of a kind and will be missed by many ❤️

  6. I loved Norman so much.  He will be missed by so many people, family & friends. 
    He was such a good person and he enjoyed life. 
    He always called me on my birthday. I will truly miss his calls. 
    God bless you ‘Norm’. ❤️

    Pattie Pressley

  7. Sincere sympathy to Mary and Scott on the loss of your dad. God bless you.
    RIP Norman and I know you're with Gloria now.

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