John D. Mason, 69, of Palatine passed away on August 26.
He was the beloved husband of Diane, nee Kozlowski and the late Shirlee, nee Vandenberg; loving father of Bill (Tracy Merrigan) Mason, Katie Mason, Michael (Paola) Zemla, Michelle Zemla and Russell (Tracy) Zemla; proud grandfather of Tyler Zemla, Juan Delgado, Matthew Zemla, Jessica Zemla and Gavin Zemla; dear brother of Bruce (Diana), Jim (Nancy), Bob (Penny), Gordy, Andy and Mary Anne (Mike) Mason; fond uncle to many nieces and nephews and great friend to many.
John was a graduate of Fenwick H.S., University of St. Thomas, St. Paul MN, and University of Kansas where he received his MBA. A Vietnam Marine Corps Veteran, John proudly received a bronze star for Combat Valor. An avid fisherman and reader, John loved history and American Indian Culture. His greatest love was his family. A former VP of Marketing and Sales, John later became a proud owner of multiple car washes over the past 19 years.
Visitation Thursday, August 29, 3-9 PM at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 185 E. Northwest Hwy., Palatine and Friday, August 30, 9:30-10:15 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2515 W. Palatine Road, Inverness. A Funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 AM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in John's name to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 would be appreciated.