Gordon L. Mast, Jr., 90 of Waldo died Sunday, October 3, 2010 at his residence in Waldo.

Gordon was born May 19, 1920 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Gordon Leroy, Sr. and Shirley (Hurst) Mast.  He grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from Battle Creek High School.  He then attended the University of Mississippi before joining the U.S. Army Air Corp.  He served during WWII in the South Pacific, mainly in New Guinea. After the war he graduated from the University of Old Miss with a degree in electronic telecommunications.

Gordon has lived in Wichita Falls, Texas and Chula Vista, California.  He was a lineman for a telephone company.  During the 1986 Summer Olympics he was a Judge and security officer.  He was a regional manager for Motel 6 in the California area.  Then is 1972 he moved to Waldo, Kansas where he was the owner and operator of the Café Waldo.

Gordon was a life member of the Russell V.F.W. Post #6240.  He was a wood craftsman, inventor and tinkerer.  He loved history.  He helped move the Pony Express cabin to Waldo and restored the Waldo Post Office.

Surviving family include his son, Douglas Mast and wife Donna of Trenton, New Jersey; daughter, Dana Jo Frye of Sulphur, Louisiana; Stepdaughter, Sheila Mast of Osborne, Kansas; 7 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty Jean Mast in 1991, son Terry Lee Mast, daughter Sharon Mast, two brothers, one sister and two grandsons.

A Sharing of Memories will be held at the Waldo Senior Center in Waldo, Kansas on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 2:00 P.M.  There is no viewing due to cremation.  Condolences may be sent in care of Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.


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